10 tips to escape world conflict. Or not

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Brian, from expatify.com, came up with a list that generated 760 comments and keeps growing with his twist on finding the 10 best places to live if you want to escape world conflict. And we love it. Let’s take a look:

“Where would you be the safest if World War 3 broke out tomorrow? Perhaps it’s a grim subject, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict around the world can weigh heavy on the soul, and it’s nice to know there are some places still left in the world where you might be left in peace. Thus, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best places to live if you want to escape world conflict.”

10. Switzerland


Switzerland’s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. It helps that neighboring Austria is also considered a neutral nation.


9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. It also ranks highly on the Global Peace Index, Happy Planet Index, and Life Satisfaction Index. Although it sits in the middle of a tumultuous region, there are far worse places to sit in peace as the world goes down in flames all around.

8. Papua New Guinea


There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. The canopy covered, mountainous nation contains some of the most isolated places in the world. Tuck yourself away in a nook here and it may be one of the few places left where you can completely insulate yourself from the outside world.

7. Canada


Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country– the U.S.A.– and it is a peaceful border. That means there is a great expanse to escape to, if need be. Furthermore, Canada has few world enemies, ranks consistently high on the Global Peace Index, and is relatively homogeneous.

6. Seychelles


Aside from being safely isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this beautiful island nation is a great place to forget about your worries. Isolation is the key here. And conflict is as transparent as the water.

5. Finland


Finland has a long history of desiring to stay out of international conflicts, is recognized as neutral and always ranks in the top 10 of the Global Peace Index. It’s northerly location also typically means the remote areas of this country are a perfect place to disappear.

4. Tuvalu


Isolated in the middle of Micronesia, Tuvalu is among the safest and most remote places in the world. It is the third least populated country on Earth, and the forth smallest. There are only a few places more distant from the world’s strife than Tuvalu.

3. Iceland


Iceland, of course, has no borders, has remote locations, is stable as a country and has virtually no world enemies. Its people are happy and the nation always ranks highly on the Global Peace Index. If world conflict erupts, Iceland is one of the few stable nations in the world unlikely to get caught up in the middle.

2. Bhutan


Landlocked among the Himalaya mountains, Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world. It also showcases one of the most stable balances in the world between moderization and retention of ancient culture. Its religious population believes in peaceful resolution to all conflict, and although it sits in a troubled region, it remains protected by its geography.

1. New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand might be the most isolated and expansive fully developed nation in the world. It shares no borders, sits relatively distant from any other nation, has no real national enemies, has a safe democracy and a diverse landscape with many remote places to hide away within. Furthermore, it ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index in 2009.

That being said, the readers reacted. Here’s a sample:

  1. Oelando Florida says:

    stay in the states, as patriots!!! if you decide to go to NZ, PNG, or Island you will die anyway, cos you, selfish rats, are China’s target. seed love to change the world + and burn up Karma, call your dirty mates brits and israelis

  2. HeavenlyJane says:

    Bhutan’s inclusion in this list is laughable, especially the line: “Its religious population believes in peaceful resolution to all conflict”. Try telling that to the 105,000 people who were expelled 20 years ago in an massive ethnic cleansing, and who have never been allowed to return, even though they still cling to that dream.

  3. RW says:

    The comments in general on this topic are amazingly myopic and generally seem to reflect a low-end view of the world. Though I suppose its typical of the state of humanity these days. Sad.

  4. PN says:

    I think those pictures posted and places referred are for holiday and relaxation .The OP was asking with reference to the eventuality of the dreaded WWWIII ,wake up people .

    The best places to go is a country not much involve in war but we don’t know this yet . It is not just war but calamities too .You think those little white sandy low lying islands will survive a great earthquake and tsuanami ?In out present time ,not one place is insulated from any elements of conflict that may arise.Think about the 7 billion population get hungry – no food ,nuclear boms exploding ,draughts ,floods ,commerce totally put to a a hault. Man you need to get yourself away from the cities and run to the mountains and live wild .Read teh Bible Matthew 24 . Desperate people will do desperate things .So prepare for the extra horrors happening.

    I am thinking of the same line too and wondering where I can be sheltered and get lost ,perhaps through thick forest and never seen when chaos and NWO starts chipping people.

  5. Revolutious says:

    I have to say, the comments here have been very enlightening. NZ seems to be the clear cut winner.

    I second Chuck’s opin that Zam should write a book. Hilarious. I’ve been to Canada and he nailed it for anyone thinking the grass is greener…..Uh, well it is a little greener, but it’s usually frozen and when it’s not, it costs about a weeks paycheck to buy a mower. Socialism, Jeez.

    I read this article because things have been inching closer to collapse for years here in the US and now we’re running to the flames, but I guess I’ll stay right here in Florida, buy some guns (I don’t want to be the only one with a knife), and go down with the ship….well, unless I can get the ship to sail to NZ!

  6. P.J.Andros says:

    I lived in New Zealand all over North and South Island for four years. It’s a Commonwealth country, not an independent nation. It’s found in the Southern Hemisphere, only somewhat isolated and the people seem preoccuppied comparing themselves to much greater, true, nations. And this lack of self-confidence is telling in many ways. The currency exchange was nice. A fair enough place to hang for awhile. But rather boring. An island is an island is an island.

  7. Sam says:

    Anyone know where that photo of NZ was taken?

  8. Brandon says:

    This is an OPINION piece people, not scientific fact, so I wish you guys would’t read so deeply into it. I am Canadian, and out country IS very peaceful, and understanding, and not really that expensive to live in (in the grand scheme of things) I’d rather be here than in the USA if there was a WW3. I travel a LOT and Canadians are definitely welcomed much more openly than Americans (sorry guys)

    Im using this piece as a travel guide above anything else. I’d love to go to Seychelles or Tuvalu and experience a REAL country, not one that has been bastardized for tourists that can’t travel without access to Starbucks and McDonalds.

    Good work poster.

  9. Jo says:

    I don’t think the inclusion of Tuvalu or the Seychelles is very sensible. The people of Tuvalu are already being evacuated to New Zealand because sea level rise is flooding their country. At high tide you can be knee deep in water in some places- where houses have stood for years. The Seychelles is also shrinking due to rising sea levels so I doubt either of these will remain conflict free places

  10. Tony says:

    Sam ,photo of N.Z is central north island,Mt Tongariro,it’s a small mountain beside Mt Ruapehu,the water is a crater lake,I grew up on a sheep farm about 80miles north


    It’s not easy being a blogger. 😉

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