Iceland ranked equal first by virtue of its low incidence of crime and terrorism. According to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, the crime rate in Iceland is one of the lowest in the world: there are 55.7 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in Iceland compared with 481.1 per 100,000 inhabitants in the US.

The North-Brabant province in the Netherlands and Pomurje in Slovenia also scored well for sensible and successful strategies to combat crime and terrorism.