Madrid officially the 2nd Safest city in Europe
An official study proved that Madrid is the second safest city in the European Union.
Are you in doubt if Madrid is a safe city to visit or to send your daughter for a short summer trip? Keep on reading and tell us again about your thoughts…
In 2013 the European Statistics Organization called Eurostat, made a study showed that Madrid is the second safest city in Europe following Vienna and Copenhagen, that share the same rates. London is 3rd, followed by Budapest and Prague.
Between 2003 and 2009 the criminality rate in the Spanish capital lowered by a surprising 18,3%!
These numbers could be surprising, especially when compared to a pick-pocketing mecca like Barcelona, sadly famous for this annoying phenomenon.
But the reasons behind all this safety this are less mysterious when compared to another very interesting statistic number, the tourism rate in Spain. According to the study ran each year from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Tourism Barometer clearly indicates that Spain is the 3rd most visited country in the world. France being the first in the list and United States winning the silver medal.
The Spanish government together with the national police were wise enough to realize that safe tourists are also happy tourists. Similar to what happened to the city of New York after mayor Giuliani decided to triple to police force on the streets, cutting by more than half the level of criminality in New York, same happened in Madrid together with other parts of Spain.
Let’s not forget the terrorist attack of the 11th of March 2004 in the Atocha train station, where 10 explosives on 4 different trains burst simultaneously killing 193 innocents and seriously harming over 1800. This sad event must have influenced the national safety strategy, adding more controls throughout the capital and other strategic possible targets.
The result remains the same, Madrid is a safe city that more than anything else feels safe, both day and night. This social aspect is important also. In Spain you usually go out for dinner around 10 or 10.30 pm. You finish around midnight and are likely to go grab a drink or wine after somewhere, Spaniards love being social. With all this said, from Thursday to Sunday is basically impossible that you will find yourself alone on any average Spanish street, given that bars or wineries, restaurants are so widespread all around.
Still have doubts about the safety in Madrid or Spain? Any worry regarding your visit to Spain?
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