PHOTOS: World's safest – and least safe – countries in 2021

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The Philippines was ranked dead last by an international business magazine in its list of safest countries worldwide this year.

The Global Finance’s World Safest Countries 2021 ranked 134 countries on July 6, taking into account factors such as war and peace, personal security, and natural disaster risk including the “unique risk factors stemming from COVID-19.”

According to Global Finance, the top 5 safest countries are Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore and Finland.

Meanwhile the 5 least safe nations are Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria, Guatemala, Colombia and the Philippines.

Global Finance described the Philippines as having "serious civil conflict that has high risks from natural disasters."

In the Global Finance Safety Index, the higher a country’s score is the lower its rank.

The publication noted that this year's rankings and scores should be taken with a grain of salt as self-reporting governments may not be producing credible figures as well as some nations are not capable of gathering all necessary data.

Top 5 safest countries and their scores

1. Iceland – 3.9724

Aerial view of Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland. (Photo: Getty Images)
Aerial view of Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland. (Photo: Getty Images)

2. United Arab Emirates – 4.2043

Famous buildings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates viewed from above. (Photo: Getty Images)
Famous buildings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates viewed from above. (Photo: Getty Images)

3. Qatar – 4.5609

Iconic skyline in Doha, Qatar. (Photo: Getty Images)
Iconic skyline in Doha, Qatar. (Photo: Getty Images)

4. Singapore – 4.6184

The Merlion Statue at Marina Bay against the sunrise in Singapore. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Merlion Statue at Marina Bay against the sunrise in Singapore. (Photo: Getty Images)

5. Finland – 4.9782

Aerial view of Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Getty Images)
Aerial view of Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Getty Images)

Top 5 least safe counties and their scores

130. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 14.1361

Skyline of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo: Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Skyline of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo: Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

131. Nigeria – 14.2778

Tinubu Square on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: Getty Images)
Tinubu Square on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: Getty Images)

132. Guatemala – 14.5842

Panoramic view of Guatemala City, Guatemala at sunrise. (Photo: Getty Images)
Panoramic view of Guatemala City, Guatemala at sunrise. (Photo: Getty Images)

133. Colombia – 14.8461

Panoramic aerial view of downtown Bogota, Colombia on sunset. (Photo: Getty Images)
Panoramic aerial view of downtown Bogota, Colombia on sunset. (Photo: Getty Images)

134. Philippines – 14.8899

Aerial view of a Makati City, the Philippines. (Photo: Getty Images)
Aerial view of a Makati City, the Philippines. (Photo: Getty Images)

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