The latest events happening in the world has, maybe, made you wonder if Romania is safe. Not to mentions it made you have doubts. So you may think visiting other countries, so-called safe, like Thailand, China, Philippines, Brazil, and Morocco. Take in mind that Foreign Office is warning of equally high risks in all of those countries.
Whilst I understand your concern, let me tell you why you don’t need to worry about that if you want to visit Romania.
Who does Terrorism affect?
Source: Vision of Humanity. Here you can find an interactive map, how the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is calculated for every country and what aspects are taken into consideration. Data figured in this image are from 2014. There is no difference between 2014 and 2015, as it appears in the latest study from The Institute for Economics and Peace.
GTD is an attempt to rank countries in the world based on the level of terrorist activity. The GTD is produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) and it is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database.
Romania has a country rank of 124 out of 162, which indicates no impact of terrorism. The most visited countries such as France, Spain, Italy, UK, China and Mexico have a higher impact of terrorism than Romania.
After all, is Romania safe?
According to the Global Peace Index, Romania is a peaceful country with a 26 rank out of 162. We do not exaggerate when we say that Romania is among the safest countries in Europe.
Source: Vision of Humanity
The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. It is produced by the Institute of Economics and Peace and combines 3 major factors:
- Society & Security;
- Domestic & Interest Conflict;
As it appears in the Global Peace Index 2015 Report, Romania has reduced rank indicators, which is a good think. This means there is no travel warning in Romania.
Not going to Romania is exactly what the terrorists want us to do.
Some people will offer you a lot of reasons on how dangerous Romania is and count various cases of muggings, break-ins, kidnappings etc., and often will involve Roma community. Most of these stories are exaggerated and you are unlikely to have any threatening encounters. We live here and we know there is no concern.
So let’s take a look at the other countries:
There is a high threat from terrorism. Member of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France has an increase in terrorist activity and it experienced lately at least one or more deaths from terrorist activity. France has 11 attacks in 2014 and in 2015 had the worst terrorist attack in modern French history.
There is a general threat from terrorism. Racial and religious supremacists undertook four anti-Islamic attacks in 2014 in Germany and the United Kingdom. Germany is in top 3 countries to have fighters from Iraq and Syria. Even though Germany is the country with the second largest refugee intake in Europe, has not had a death from terrorism since 2007.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Spain has been on a level 4 alert ever since June 2015. The country had not been on a level 4 since the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004. Spain is one of the EU’s terrorist hubs.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Italy had 7 terrorist attacks in 2014 and on November 16, 2015, after just one day of the Paris attacks, ISIS threatened Italy directly in a video released.
There is a high threat from terrorism. The United Kingdom had 102 terrorist attacks in 2014. The country had the second highest number of lone wolf attacks at 20 with two deaths.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Thailand has a 7.279 GTI score out of 10. (10 beeing the highest threat). In 2014 Thailand recorded the most terrorist incidents ever in the country with a 16 % increase on the previous year. However, there were fewer deaths than the peak recorded in 2009 of 255 people. Two-thirds of terrorism in Thailand is conducted by unknown actors.
That being said, wondering if Romania is safe should be the least of your problems. You should ask yourself what you want to do here, either taking Romania by step off the beaten tracks and observe the wildlife, or having a relaxing day at SPA, or maybe taking a biking and/or hiking trip on the highest peaks in Romania.