Luggage storage company Bounce conducted a Women’s Solo Travel Safety study, which analyzed more than 30 countries globally based on factors including:
- The percentage of women who have experienced violence.
- The rate of female homicide victims per 100,000 victims
- Safety index scores
- The percentage of women who feel safe walking alone at night
- Attitudes toward violence against women
- Laws on domestic violence
- The global gender gap index score
- Overall safety score out of 10
On this list, Canada ranked eighth. Interestingly, one factor that contributed to this land’s rank, according to the study’s report, was that “the number of women who have suffered violence from a partner is a good indicator of the attitudes toward violence against women in a country, and the nation with the lowest rate is Canada.”
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The Republic of Ireland topped the list as the safest country for women to travel solo, with the report noting that Ireland ranked “amongst the top-scoring nations for almost all of the eight factors analyzed” and that “the Emerald Isle scores particularly highly for the laws it has in place to protect women from violence, as well as when it comes to local attitudes toward violence against women.”
By way of comparison, Canada scored 6.67 out of 10 for its overall safety for women travelling solo, compared to 7.88 out of 10 for top-ranking Ireland or 2.25 out of 10 for last-ranking Columbia.
Austria, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland rounded out the remaining countries in the top five.