THE MOST dangerous countries in the world have been revealed – and you may be surprised by some that have made the list.
A study conducted by Global Guardian analysed the risk factor if travelling to certain countries in 2023.
Countries have been ranked from "low risk" to "extreme risk", with the highest warning given for reasons including ongoing conflict, criminal activity or being "insecure" against militant groups or disasters.
The countries that make the extreme list are Ukraine – due to the ongoing invasion from Russia – as well as Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic and Burkina Faso.
However, holiday hotspot Mexico made the high risk list, due to the ongoing violence problems.
Earlier this week, 12 people were killed by a masked drug cartel in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
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While the tourist hotspots remain relatively unaffected, some of the violence has spilled into destinations such as Cancun.
Sri Lanka was also on the high risk list due to ongoing unrest caused by the country's economic crisis.
This led to TUI cancelling flights and the FCO advising against travel although this has now been lifted.
Medium risk – which is a destination "not fully secure […] and vulnerable to unrest" – included even more holiday hotspots.
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Thailand and Turkey were both on the medium risk list, along with Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
However, the UK Foreign Office does not currently advise against travel to the destinations, and tourists often visit trouble-free.
If you really want a safe holiday, then there are lots of low risk destinations to choose from nearby.
Global Guardian states: "Countries classified as Low Risk are considered highly stable. These countries maintain a strong rule of law and are capable of containing threats to safety and security."
Ireland is on the lowest risk list, along with Portugal, Croatia and Germany.
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Further afield, Canada, New Zealand and Japan were the only long-haul hotspots deemed to be the safest.
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