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Copenhagen named the world’s safest city in EIU survey

Economist Intelligence Unit: Copenhagen tops Safe Cities Index 2021

Author: Anne Marie Barsøe
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

Copenhagen has been named the world’s safest city in a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) has released its 4th edition of the Safe Cities Index (SCI) which ranks 60 cities worldwide across five continents. It measures the multifaceted nature of urban safety, with 76 indicators organised along five pillars: personal, health, infrastructure, digital, and – new this year – environmental security.

In each of the last three iterations, Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka – always in that order – have been index leaders. This year, however, in a study of five pillars of urban security - digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental - Copenhagen  tops the charts, scoring 82.4 points out of 100.

The change reflects not a tectonic shift, but more a reordering among cities that have always come close to the top, the EIU points out.

The Safe Cities Index has been subjected to both reevaluation and significant changes, including updates to existing indicators and scoring methodology, addition of new indicators under existing domains, and the addition of a new domain to the framework.

The introduction of a new pillar for environmental security in this year's index reflects the growing importance of sustainability issues and climate adaptation measures amid the pandemic - and here Copenhagen, along with Toronto, performed noticeably better than any of the top-three cities from earlier years. 

Looking at a broad field of urban security, as cities work to bring the pandemic to heel, is an all-important matter for everyone, including the meetings industry.

"Topping the Safe Cities Index 2021 is a significant nod to the great work that the city of Copenhagen does within urban safety - and an important key to unlock to meet again onsite too. As the destination continues its tireless work within this field, we look forward to welcoming more business events such as WindEurope's Electric City conference on 23-25 November back to our city," says Kit Lykketoft, Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen CVB.

Read the full Safe Cities Index 2021 report, incl. Q&As with Copenhagen's Lord Mayor Lars Weiss, here

The Safe Cities Index 2021 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by NEC Corporation.

Anne Marie Barsøe AMB

Senior Manager - International Press & Communication