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Depending on the type of drivers in your area, it may or may not surprise you to learn that driving a car is one of the riskiest activities a human being can engage in. Nearly 1.3 million people die every year in road accidents, making it just as likely as heart disease or cancer.

Armed with that info, what countries in the world are safer to drive than others? If that type of information is important to you, you might want to consider moving to one of the eight countries listed below.

1. Maldives

With only two fatalities per every 100,000 drivers, this little country off the cost of Sri Lanka is the safest country in the world to drive in. And with the tropical climate and warm sandy beaches, it’s not a bad place to live in general, either.

2. Tajikistan

Most people haven’t heard of Tajikistan, but looking at their road system, you wouldn’t think it would make the list. In fact, this mid-Asian country has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world, so whatever they’re doing, keep it up.

3. Malta

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Just because the drivers in Malta tend to drive wherever they want (despite legally driving on the left side of the road), that doesn’t mean that there are many fatalities. Unlike their Italian friends to the north, the drivers in Malta are safe, though it may look chaotic on the roads.

4. Fiji

Since everyone that goes to Fiji is either in a hut on the beach or swimming in the crystal-clear water, it’s no surprise that then that 70 people die total every year in this country, which is about one every five days. Not bad for a country that boasts over half-a-million visitors every year.

5. Marshall Islands

Alongside Fiji, the Marshall Islands may rank up there as one of the most beautiful places on the planet, much less this list. They’re also incredibly safe drivers – just four deaths per every 100,000 drivers – so you’ll get to enjoy the beauty in relative peace and safety as well.

6. Israel

Generally, everywhere you travel in the middle east is fraught with some kind of danger, and Israel is no exception, given their history. It might surprise you to learn then that they have one of the lowest death tolls on the roads today, even if their police are known for especially strict law enforcement.

7. Tonga

Apparently, people on island nations not only know how to slow down and enjoy life, and Tonga is no exception. Like other island countries, however, their roads are also not always well-maintained, making renting a car somewhat of a hazard. If you do plan on driving though, there’s a good chance you’ll be alright.

8. Netherlands

The cops are tough and the travel is well-executed, which makes for a safe driving experience through the Netherlands. With a modern system that is also easy to navigate through, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of places like Amsterdam while staying safe at the same time.

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