What are the safest countries in the world if world war 3 starts? The map reveals the places most likely to survive if conflict breaks out

An increase in global conflict during 2023 has led to speculation that a third world war could be on the horizon.

Some people, worried about the prospect of global war, would like to know where the safest countries in the entire world would be if war broke out.

So what are the safest countries if World War III happens?

Read the full list below to see where you would be safest in the event of another world war.

This map shows some of the safest countries you could be in if World War III were to break out


A view of the Gerlach Strait glacier that separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica on January 16, 2024

The list starts with a place that is not a country but a large continent.

While Antarctica may be known for its extreme tourism, beautiful landscapes and icy terrain, it is unlikely that many people would visit it in the event of World War III due to its location as the southernmost point on the planet.


Tourists at Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Although Argentina has been involved in conflicts in the past, most notably clashes with the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in 1982, the South American country has been found to be the most likely place to survive a famine after a nuclear war.

Studies have found that dropping 100 nuclear bombs could release so much smoke that it could block out the sun, leading to famine and crop failure.

As a result, Argentina would be a good place to be due to the abundance of hardy crops such as wheat.

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In this photo taken on Jan. 10, 2024, a traffic policeman directs traffic in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu

After joining the United Nations on 21 September 1971, Bhutan declared itself neutral in any conflict.

This stance means that it often ranks high on the Global Peace Index.

The combination of the fact that it is landlocked with an abundance of mountainous areas means that Bhutan would be particularly safe should a third world war ever break out.


A view of the Paine massif in Torres del Paine National Park in the Magallanes region of southern Chile, 400 km northwest of Punta Arenas, on January 7, 2024

Next on the list is the country with the longest coastline in the world, with a total length of 4,000 miles (6,435 km), meaning it would span the distance between Moscow and Madrid.

Like its neighbor Argentina, Chile is blessed with a variety of crops and natural resources.

Its level of development is also probably the most advanced in South America. So while you may feel isolated, the level of infrastructure and access to modern technology means it could be an ideal location if World War III were to occur.


An empty hammock in the shade of palm trees on the tropical island paradise of Fiji

For anyone who would like to be in a distant land when war breaks out, Fiji might be for you. The island nation – located in the southwest Pacific Ocean – is about 2,700 miles from its nearest country, Australia.

This, along with a potential lack of military strategy as its army is only 6,000 strong, means it also ranks high on the Global Peace Index.

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With much of the country being densely forested, as well as abundant mineral and fish reserves, Fiji might be an ideal place to live during World War III.


This photo taken on August 16, 2023 shows an iceberg, approximately several hundred meters long, floating along the Scoresby Sound fjord in East Greenland.

The island of Greenland, which belongs to Denmark, is the largest island in the world.

Greenland is notoriously remote, mountainous and politically neutral, making it an ideal refuge in an emergency.

He also has an estimated popularity of 56,000 people, meaning he is unlikely to be targeted by any global superpower.


A woman with closed eyes relaxes and enjoys a spa in a hot spring blue lagoon in Iceland

Iceland consistently tops the global peace index, earning it a reputation as one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

In addition to being particularly remote, Iceland won’t have to worry about relying on other countries for resources, thanks to the presence of fresh water supplies, marine resources, and renewable energy sources.


Pictured: Rice terraces at sunrise in Lombok, Indonesia. In 1948, the country’s first president, Achmed Sukarno, coined the term «free and active» for their foreign policy.

Like others on the list, Indonesia is included due to its typically neutral stance on political issues around the world.

In 1948, the country’s first president, Achmed Sukarno, coined the term «free and active» for their foreign policy.

This referred to the fact that they act independently in international affairs and are most concerned with creating world peace.

New Zealand

Pictured: Filming of The Hobbiton, North Island, New Zealand. The country ranks second in the Global Peace Index and has long been admired for its non-partisan stance on conflicts.

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New Zealand ranks second in the Global Peace Index and has long been admired for its non-partisan stance on conflict. Should it be attacked, the country’s mountainous terrain offers the citizens perfect protection.

South Africa

Aerial view of Cape Town in South Africa with the world famous Table Mountain in the background

South Africa earns its place by being home to many food sources along with a large amount of fertile land and fresh water.

A country’s modern infrastructure could also increase your chances of survival in the event of a third world war.


Panorama of the Lauterbrunnen Valley is located in the Swiss Alps near Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, also known as the Valley of Waterfalls

Of all the countries in the world, Switzerland may be the country that is uniquely and most easily associated with political neutrality.

For nearly 200 years, the country has been known for its firm stance—or lack thereof—in matters of international politics, and is well protected by its mountainous terrain, landlocked geography, and numerous nuclear shields.


Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is located in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Pictured: Sea view from Funafuti

Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is located in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia.

The extremely low population of just 11,000 means that the infrastructure is inadequate compared to leading Western countries.

Given Tuvalu’s low natural resources, it would appear to be an undesirable target in a potential World War III event.

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