Copenhagen overtakes Tokyo as the safest city in the world

Copenhagen overtakes Tokyo as the safest city in the world

  • Copenhagen ranked as the safest city in the world, according to The Economist
  • The biennial report had previously ranked Tokyo as the safest in 2019
  • Each city is analyzed according to five different safety categories and ranked
  • For 2021, The Economist has added a category that looks at environmental security

Copenhagen has overtaken Tokyo to be named as the safest city in the world in a new report — just leading Toronto to the crown.

The survey, published every two years by The Economist, previously placed the Danish capital in eighth overall, with Tokyo in first.

However, after the past two years in which the Covid-19 pandemic has gripped the world, Copenhagen has taken the crown as the overall safest city in the world this year.

The study also ranked London as the joint 15th safest city in the world, tied with San Francisco.

Copenhagen (pictured) has overtaken Tokyo to be named the safest city in the world in a new report

Copenhagen (pictured) has overtaken Tokyo to be named the safest city in the world in a new report

The survey, published every two years by The Economist, previously placed the Danish capital in eighth overall, with Tokyo in first.  Pictured: Toronto ranked second in the 2021 report

The survey, published every two years by The Economist, previously placed the Danish capital in eighth overall, with Tokyo in first.  Pictured: Toronto ranked second in the 2021 report

The survey, published every two years by The Economist, previously placed the Danish capital in eighth overall, with Tokyo in first. Pictured: Toronto ranked second in the 2021 report

The report ranked the security ratings of cities around the world based on five different categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure security, personal security and the newly included environmental security.

Copenhagen surpassed former leaders Tokyo in four of the five categories, with the Japanese capital only ranking higher in health security.

The Danish capital received an overall safety score of 82.4 and was closely followed by Toronto, which achieved a score of 82.2.

Despite this, the Danish capital led only one of five categories: personal security.

When asked in the report what makes Copenhagen such a safe city, Mayor Lars Weiss said: ‘A key factor that makes Copenhagen such a safe city is its low crime rate, currently at its lowest level in more than a decade. We focus strongly on early intervention with preventive initiatives.

The report ranked the security ratings of cities around the world based on five different categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure security, personal security and the newly included environmental security.  Pictured: Singapore, voted the third safest city

The report ranked the security ratings of cities around the world based on five different categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure security, personal security and the newly included environmental security.  Pictured: Singapore, voted the third safest city

The report ranked the security ratings of cities around the world based on five different categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure security, personal security and the newly included environmental security. Pictured: Singapore, voted the third safest city

Sydney (pictured), who took fourth overall, led the world when it came to digital security in the report

Sydney (pictured), who took fourth overall, led the world when it came to digital security in the report

Sydney (pictured), who took fourth overall, led the world when it came to digital security in the report

‘Copenhagen is also characterized by high social cohesion and a relatively small wealth gap. It’s a mixed city where both the cleaning lady and the director meet at the local supermarket and have their kids at the same school.’

Despite this, the mayor admitted that the city still has a problem with ‘repeat offenders’.

Commenting on Copenhagen’s ranking as their safest city, The Economist wrote: ‘Toronto and Copenhagen are doing noticeably better in the new environmental safety pillar than any of the top three cities from previous years.

“Copenhagen is definitely a worthy leader overall and Toronto a well-deserved second place, but as much for its long-term success in securing residents as it is against any specific improvements over the past two years.”

The Economist 2021’s Safest Cities

1. Copenhagen

2. Toronto

3. Singapore

4. Sydney

5. Tokyo

6. Amsterdam

7. Wellington

=8. Hong-Kong

=8. Melbourne

10. Stockholm

=11. Barcelona

=11. New York

13. Frankfurt

14. Washington, DC

=15. London

=15. San Francisco

17. Osaka

18. Los Angeles

19. Zurich

20. Chicago

21. Madrid

22. Dallas

23. Paris

24. Taipei

25. Seoul

26. Brussels

27. Milan

28. Lisbon

29. Rome

30. Shanghai

31. Abu Dhabi

32. Kuala Lumpur

33. Santiago

34. Buenos Aires

35. Dubai

36. Beijing

37. Istanbul

38. Moscow

39. Rio de Janeiro

40. So Paulo

41. Bogota

42. Mexico City

43. Bangkok

44. Exit

45. Ho Chi Minh City

46. ​​​​​​Jakarta

47. Johannesburg

48. New Delhi

49. Riyadh

50. Bombay

51. Manila

52. Baku

53. Kuwait City

54. Dhaka

55. Casablanca

56. Lagos

57. Cairo

58. Caracas

59. Karachi

60. Yangon

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