Despite what your taxi driver may tell you, Lisbon is the safest capital city in Europe.
2019 UPDATE: While the survey cited here has not been re-taken since 2005, Portugal, Norway and Austria are the only places in Europe on the list of the 10 safest countries in the world, according to the US Department of State and the Global Peace Index.
Besides London, other crime hotspots identified by researchers were the Irish Republic, Estonia, Netherlands and Denmark, where “insecurity” rates were all at least 30 percent above the European average.
From what we have seen and heard personally, the crimes that do occur in Lisbon tend to be small crimes of oportunity, like pickpocketing. Violent crime of any sort is very rare. As in any big city, though, caution and common sense should be exercised, especially at night or in secluded areas.
What are you waiting for? Come visit the safest city in Europe!
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