Safest countries for women to move abroad to

By Grace Duffy / July 13, 2021
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“Which is the safest country for women?”. This is a commonly googled question and for good reason. Moving to a new place is never easy, in fact, sometimes it can be downright terrifying. “Will I be able to find work there?”, “I don’t speak the language yet”, and other common worries plague expats before they’ve even arrived at their destination. 

However, there is also the added pressure of being a woman and trying to move abroad. Not only do you have to deal with all of the usual problems, but you also are more aware of the possible dangers. Which areas should you avoid and even what clothes to wear so as not to attract unwanted attention can put many women off moving to a new country. With this in mind, we will look at seven of the safest countries for women to move to in 2021. Let’s dive in, shall we? 

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Spain has long been on the list of safest countries for women and for good reason. This sun-soaked destination is a haven for women hoping to make the move to a new place and was ranked as the safest place for solo female travellers in 2019. Spain is also home to a large community of expats, with most settling down in the large cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Sevilla, to name a few. Not to mention that, with Spanish being one the easiest languages in the world to learn and the Spaniards having a reputation of being friendly, it shouldn’t take long before you feel right at home.

In terms of getting around, Spain is also an ideal country for women as the public transport features a constant security force which means that female expats can relax as they travel home or to work. No worry of being groped or harassed. Now that’s not to say that you should take unnecessary risks, as Spanish cities are still home to petty crime and it is not advised that women walk home alone after a night on the town. 

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This country stands out as one of the safest Asian countries for women in the world. This is due to its excellent healthcare system, low crime rates, and that it ranks highly for opportunities. The weather is also a plus, with a booming tourism industry and enough natural beauty to rival any other paradise that you might find on earth. Singapore is most definitely a good choice for any woman hoping to work and see more of the world. 

It is also in contrast to its neighbouring countries of Malaysia and the Philippines, which are some of the worst-ranked in terms of violence against women. Therefore, if you were hoping to make the move to a more exotic location, you might want to give Singapore some consideration. 

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Yes, the Emerald Isle ranks well in terms of safety for women and makes it onto our list of countries. With our reputation for friendliness and a classic dose of Irish charm, it’s no wonder the ladies are flocking here. Not to mention that, following the referendum of 2015, same-sex marriage is legal, which means that all couples hoping to move here can enjoy the same marital rights as anyone else. 

The only downside to moving here, apart from the weather (hey, it’s part of the culture at this point), is the financial cost. Female expats may want to consider living somewhere besides Dublin due to its high rental prices and cost of living. In fact, rental prices, childcare, and a monthly travel pass cost more in Dublin than they do in Oslo, Norway, which may put a damper on your plans. 

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You can yodel to your heart’s content here with Austria also amongst the safest countries in the world for women on our list. Safe, clean, and small enough that you don’t feel completely overwhelmed, Austria has it all. And, with borders on all sides, it is ideal for those ladies who enjoy making the most of day trips to other European cities. 

Another bonus to choosing Austria as your next home is that English is widely understood, particularly in the larger cities, such as Vienna, which can help give you time to adjust as you get to grips with learning German. It also ranks highly in terms of childcare and education, which is ideal for families looking to settle down. 

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If you feel like bracing the cold, then why not make the move to Norway. It comes as no surprise that this country is on our list, outranking its Nordic cousins Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands in terms of safety for women. Ranking high in terms of women’s rights, this country has also been voted the third most gender-equal country in the world and took the top spot for quality of life for women. 

Another benefit to moving here is that, if you were hoping to find a nice Viking to settle down with, you will be pleased to know that there are more men than women wandering around the fjord-strewn hillsides of Norway. In fact, the only downside to moving here, apart from the cold, is the high cost of living, which may be off-putting for those women hoping to save.

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New Zealand

For those ladies hoping to move further afield, why not consider New Zealand. It, along with Singapore, has been voted amongst the safest countries for women owing to a high quality of life and some of the lowest rates of homicide in the world. It also has the benefit of having a more moderate climate and less of the crazy killer insects and wildlife than you would find in Australia. 

In terms of work, yes, New Zealand has a higher cost of living, but, for women hoping to move up the ranks in the workplace, New Zealand is a good option. This country boasts of good gender equality, with over half of the top companies in the New Zealand stock exchange having at least one female director. 

That’s it, folks, or should I say ladies? Whatever floats your boat, I guess. That finishes our list of some of the safest countries in the world for those women hoping to move abroad. Whilst there are certainly other pros and cons to living in these countries, you can rest easy knowing that safety will not be a problem, so long as you keep your wits about you. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Let me know in the comments of any other countries that you think I might have left out on this list. 


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