Which are the most peaceful countries where you can settle?

Published at: 21/03/2023 10:38 am

Which are the most peaceful countries where you can settle?

If you are worried about your safety and your family, these are the most peaceful countries to move to.

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is a widely recognized measure of a country's peacefulness. It ranks 163 independent states and territories based on 23 indicators that measure the absence of fear of violence. The following are the top 10 most peaceful countries according to the 2021 GPI:

  • Iceland
  • New Zealand
  • Denmark
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • Finland
  • Canada 

It's worth noting that peacefulness is a complex concept and can be measured in many different ways. Other organizations and studies may produce slightly different rankings based on their methodologies and criteria.

If we look closer at the list, these are all first-world (rich and developed) countries with complex immigration rules. But some accept investments in exchange for residency permits or even citizenship.

In New Zealand (ranked second on the list), the residency by investment program offers residence permits and citizenship after five years in the country. Meanwhile, the minimum investment amount is NZD 5 million, and the processing time is around nine months. 

In Austria, financially independent applicants can become residents, and it also has an excellent citizenship solution. Moreover, the qualifying income amount is low. You must show that you have a monthly income of only 1,900 euros! Our colleagues at Discus Holdings ltd are experts in Austrian immigration law. Look at the detailed information on the Austrian residency by investment program.

In Europe, Switzerland is the Saint Grail of immigrants, an independent non-EU member state in the Schengen zone with a low-tax system. You can become a resident later citizen in Switzerland under two schemes:

By registering a company

This business should be innovative and include 1-6 million Swiss francs.

By tax agreement


If you ever paid the tax, it is hard to imagine that if you move to Switzerland, you can close an agreement with the tax administration. In this case, the annual tax amount should be at least 300,000 CHF, depending on each canton's local tax burdens. At Discuss Holdings, we have more than two and half decades of experience in Switzerland. Read here about two solutions.


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