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Planning on travelling a lot this year? Some destinations might be more dangerous than you'd think, so you'd better consult this online map before you go.
The 2023 Risk Map was recently published by German company A3M Global Monitoring and shows which places in the world are currently the most dangerous. In 2022, war, natural disasters, and unrest have affected places not too distant from the Grand Duchy.
A3M have been dealing with crises around the globe since 2004. Their map shows the world separated into five different colours: dark green (very low risk), bright green (low risk), yellow (increased risk), orange, (high risk), and red (very high risk).
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According to A3M spokesperson Samed Kizgin, the following set of criteria was used to differentiate the areas: "The criteria include, on the one hand, security-related areas, such as conflicts, crime, terrorism, or regularly occurring violent protests. On the other hand, natural hazards, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and many more."
What stands out is that very few countries are marked in dark green, meaning that they are considered very low risk destinations. They include the Benelux countries, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, and Canada.
The rest of Europe is mostly bright green, which indicates low risk.
Kizgin provided insight into the more dangerous destinations: "Of course, the greatest dangers always emanate from active armed conflicts. These can be found, for example, in the Sahel zone of Africa, but also, as we have all been reminded on a daily basis for almost a year now, in Ukraine.
"Here, there is an immediate danger to life, and in many areas of Central Africa in particular, it must be assumed that foreign travellers get targeted and become victims of attacks. For these countries, the planning phase is particularly important: one must first be aware of all the dangers that might arise, in order to then be able to develop a security concept that is prepared for the expected and able to respond to the unexpected."
War is not the only matter making some locations more dangerous. Protests like the ones in China or Iran contribute to an increased rate of dangerous areas. Similarly, climate change is having an effect, as seen in Europe's record-breaking number of wildfires in 2022, or the more recent snow and tropical storms in the United States.
So, if you still have to plan your trips for this year, you might want to consult the useful 2023 Risk Map beforehand.