I ran across this article from the UK, which lays out the murder rates of nations round the world per 100,000 people. Most of the data is from the 2004 calendar year.
I find it interesting because our perceptions of a country are usually colored by news reports and other media. Unfortunately many times that is all we have to go on, unless we’ve had a chance to personally visit every nation on Earth.
For instance, what country had a murder rate of 19.3 people per 100,000 citizens?
Have your answer?
The answer below…
Some other notables
Russian Federation 29.7
Puerto Rico 18.9
So how do you know if where you are going is safe? Should you take any special precautions?
Even better question: How do we know if the numbers are even accurate??
Probably the best thing to do when in doubt is to visit your State Department, at least that’s what we call it here in the States.
I was stunned by that. How could Ethiopia have a higher murder rate than Somalia (3.3 per)? Or is that just my incorrect perception of Somalia? Hmmm…
This past week on the Amazing Race (US Edition), one member of a team lost his passport. They were the team that came in first place at the checkpoint, but because they didn’t have their travel documents they were eliminated from the race. What a horrible way to lose!
I always say if I had to pick the lesser of two evils, it is better to lose your wallet than your passport. All of your credit cards and IDs can be replaced.
If you lose your passport, you can’t leave the country you’re in!
Do you know what to do if you lose your passport?
Well the important thing is what you do before you leave your home country.
Have a legible paper color copy of your picture and identification information page in your passport.
Scan your passport into a password protected document and send it to yourself in email. That way if the paper copy is lost or stolen, as long as you have Internet access you can get it.
In fact that is a good idea with all items in your wallet including the back and front of credit cards and driver licenses.
Finding your way to the embassy is your next task. This might be expedited if you registered with your embassy BEFORE you reached the destination country. The hardest part may not be getting to the embassy but the wait for a new passport, or temporary documents to get you out.