Are These the Safest Countries to Be in If World War 3 Breaks Out?

This is probably something you don’t ponder on much, but if World War 3 was to break out, where would you feel safe?

Or for that matter, how safe would you be in your home country if things got nuclear?

The above video offers a list of 10 countries that they think would have a good chance of surviving an apocalyptic nuclear war. While this is not the most cheery of subjects, if you currently live in any of those places listed, I rate you already as being pretty lucky—war or no war.

Fiji, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland. They’re pretty special places to live in.

I don’t think the 10 countries in the video and below are ranked, but if they were, it’d make the list a bit more contestable, especially with strategically important Malta at number 3. Malta for me would be on my list of places NOT to be in if there was to be a World War 3. I’d visit there for sure on a holiday, but Malta is a small place that’s densely populated with over 400,000 people on 122 square miles of land. If you watch, any TV prepper shows you’d may already know that if want to survive a near end of world scenario, then the less competition fighting for resources the better.

Anyway, it’s all speculation, and hopefully it’ll just remain as such. But check out the list below or in the video.


The mounatsin of Switzerland help make it a secure country. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Switzerland’s vast mountains help make it a secure country. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Despite being in the heart of Europe, picturesque Switzerland has long maintained its tradition of neutrality. Thanks in part to being surrounded by mountains, Switzerland has largely been able to keep to itself through Europe’s darkest moments. Its refined population is well armed, and they don’t rely so much on their government.



Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation that comprises three reef islands and six true atolls. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Haven’t heard of Tuvalu? I don’t think you’re alone in that, but if a war broke out, it would bypass this island nation where the 10,000 inhabitants can live in a self-sustainable fashion if need be. Tuvalu is situated half way between Australia and Hawaii. It has more concerns about the effects of the possibility of rising sea levels due to climate change than a war.

New Zealand


New Zealand is a great place to be even if there isn’t a world war going on. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Great place made super famous thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, plus its rugby team the All Blacks. Isolated, good agricultural land, and inhabited by a friendly bunch of people who are very capable of looking after themselves if the rest of the world went to war. New Zealand was ranked fourth in the 2015 global peace index.



Bhutan’s unique cultural heritage mostly stayed intact because of its isolation until the early 1960s. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Despite being wedged between India and China, Bhutan could see out a world war easily. It has had some border issues with communist-ruled China though. Protected by the Himalayan Mountains, Bhutan has historically been isolated, and it’s another place that could function without the need of the outside world and its conflicts. Just keep away Beijing! It has also been rated as one of the happiest places on Earth.


Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations which help to make it a good place to be in case World War 3 began. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations, which helps to make it a good place to be if World War 3 began. (Screenshot/YouTube)

With its long coastline and friendly people, you don’t need to have a world war as a reason to move to Chile, which is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. Having an abundance of fresh water and clean air also makes Chile a good place to be if the world went to hell in a handbag. The country is also protected by the Andes mountain range.


Iceland has the smallest population of a NATO country and it’s the only one with no standing army. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Iceland has the smallest population of a NATO country, and it’s the only one with no standing army. (Screenshot/YouTube)

As the name suggests, Iceland is cold, but is inhabited by peace-loving Nords who are no threat to anyone. Subsequently, it has no standing army. The country has a population of 350,000, and is considered one of the most developed nations in the world. Iceland also runs entirely on renewable energy.

Denmark (Greenland)

Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 8o percent ice capped.  (Screenshot/YouTube)

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is about 8o percent ice capped, unlike the above. (Screenshot/YouTube)

While Denmark wouldn’t fare so well in a world war, its autonomous territory known as Greenland would probably survive. Despite its name, Greenland is 80 percent ice. The population is just over 50,000 people, and sadly the nation’s suicide rate is very high, but at least with them being between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, they’re so out of the way that a world war would probably pass them by.


Malta is one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Malta is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries in the world. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Well, I said my piece about Malta earlier, but the video goes on about it being an island fortress. Not sure if a fortress will protect anyone in this day and age, but I could be wrong. It did get heavily bombed by the Axis forces during World War 2 though but manged to survive, just. Over history it has been fought over a lot. I’d be avoiding Malta and the whole Mediterranean if there was another world war.


Ireland has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Hence its very green tinge. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Ireland has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Hence, its very green tinge. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Proudly neutral, the Irish don’t have too many enemies these days, and they’re far enough away from Europe to not get themselves tangled up in a global war. Much of the rest of Europe will be in chaos or ruin so the Irish will have to learn to get along on their own.


1 fiji

Fiji is an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. Fiji’s population is around 860,000. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Fiji great for vacation and if there was a worldwide conflict and the country could go about life as per usual that would be great but it would face some challenges. Fiji’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism and sugar exports, both of which would pretty much dry up if a global war broke out. So there would some adjusting to do and it would need to operate self-sufficiently but considering it is rich in many natural resources, it should be able to do this.  The challenge is that population is around 860,000 and 87 percent of them are two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu so if civil disobedience begins or increased tensions between ethnic Fijians and Indo-Fijians flares up things might get somewhat fraught there. But would anyone waste their time dropping nukes anywhere near Fiji? Very doubtful.

Well, is there any chance there will be a World War 3?

There are three flash points that could make it possible—(1) Russia vs. NATO, (2)China vs. Japan, the U.S. and their allies, (3) the Middle East. All of these are discussed in the below video:

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