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Monday, 12 February 2018

Is Poland safe?

Dearest hearts,
Dearest travellers that think of choosing Poland as a country for their next trip,

Do so without a doubt or worry in the world! #DidYouKnow that Poland was voted as the 22nd most safest country - on a worldwide safety report provided by OECD for mid-2016. Poland is one of the 3 European countries that was not affected by organised crime attacks in the 21st century. Also, when if comes to the crime level (same period stated above) it continues dropping, especially in Krakow. According to the analysis made by New World Wealth in its 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review, looking at the movement of high net worth individuals across the world, we can see Poland listed in the top 10 safest countries for women. "Woman safety is one of the best ways to gauge a country's long term wealth growth potential, with a correlation of 92% between historic wealth growth and woman safety levels", the report says. Wealth growth is booster by strong levels of woman safety inside a country. The top 10 safest countries for women in 2017 were:
  1. Australia
  2. Malta
  3. Iceland
  4. New Zealand 
  5. Canada 
  6. Poland 
  7. Monaco
  8. Israel 
  9. USA 
  10. South Korea 
The ranking was based upon the percentage of each country's female population that has been a victim of a serious crime over the past years. "Most of the countries in our top 10 are also popular destinations for migrating High Net Worth Individuals", says the report.
The safest countries for each region were:
  • Europe: Malta, Poland, Monaco, Iceland
  • APAC: Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea
  • Middle East: Israel, UAE
  • Africa: Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia
  • Americas: USA, Canada
The rate of violent crime (e.g. mugging and carjacking) in Poland is generally really low. However, petty crime (e.g. pickpocketing) is common in the larger cities. Though, to be noted, I have been living in Poland (in Krakow) for more than 6 years now and never have I once had a problem or seen anyone having these kind of issues. It is true though that on expat communities, on the Facebook groups, I have heard that youth gangs cab be a threat - especially during the football season when the 2 main teams: Cracovia and Wistula are playing. Also, some individuals have been harrased for reasons of race (when they were darker skinned), sexual orientation (towards gay couples) or people of foreign looking appearance.
When it comes to demonstrations, they do occur frequently but they have a peaceful way and the polish people demonstrate their beliefs in an orderly fashion. The demonstrations though can lead to disruptions to traffic and public tranportation. Generally the areas with the highest crime rate in Poland are the West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Lower Silesian and Silesian region. Though the crime rate is relatively high, that does not mean that these regions are not safe, it means just that you should be extra careful - have some precautions. One thing you should actually be careful of is overcharging and scamming. If you do not know the language you are a sitting duck, you are a foreigner, and if the price is not visible that means when you will ask for one, the shopkeeper might give you a different price than he might say to a local. You are safe when it comes to restaurants that have menus in English with the correct prices but in the smaller cities, off the beaten track, you are on your own ;) so learning a word or two might come in handy. So don't be afraid to come visit Poland! It has so many beautiful things to offer: amazing unique places, great food, yummy sweets and good beer/vodka and warm people that love their country dearly! Come visit Poland and let it win your heart!

Yours very much truly,
Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves Poland, A Safe Heaven