These Are the World’s 25 Safest Cities

A photo of Tokyo's skyline.
A photo of Tokyo's skyline.
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When looking for a new place to visit or live abroad, there are many factors to consider. Nightlife, culture, and popularity are all important, but so are more practical matters—like safety. As AFAR reports, The Economist Intelligence Unit published its annual list [PDF] of the safest cities in the world after judging 60 cities across 57 metrics. Places from around the globe, including the U.S., make the cut, but Tokyo claims the top slot.

Japan's capital city earned a 92 on the EIU's 100-point scale. According to the study, it excels in areas like digital security, health security, infrastructure security, and personal security, ranking within the top five places in all four categories. Tokyo also topped the Safest Cities Index released by the EIU in 2017 and 2018.

Based on the list, East Asia is home to many of the safest places on Earth. Singapore comes in second place, followed by Osaka in Japan. Seoul, South Korea, also shows up, tied with Copenhagen, Denmark, for the eighth spot. A few additional European cities appear in the top 25, including Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Stockholm, Sweden, as well as some American locations, like Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco.

Before planning your next international trip, or move, check out the full list of the 25 safest cities in the world. And to see if you can afford to travel there, read up on which of the world's cities are most expensive.

  1. Tokyo, Japan

  1. Singapore

  1. Osaka, Japan

  1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  1. Sydney, Australia

  1. Toronto, Canada

  1. Washington, D.C.

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark

  1. Seoul, South Korea

  1. Melbourne, Australia

  1. Chicago, Illinois

  1. Stockholm, Sweden

  1. San Francisco, California

  1. London, England

  1. New York, New York

  1. Frankfurt, Germany

  1. Los Angeles, California

  1. Wellington, New Zealand

  1. Zurich, Switzerland

  1. Hong Kong

  1. Dallas, Texas

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Paris, France

  1. Brussels, Belgium

  1. Madrid, Spain

[h/t AFAR]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Lindt Opened the World’s Largest Chocolate Museum in Switzerland, Complete With a 30-Foot-Tall Chocolate Fountain

There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
Lindt & Sprüngli

Earlier this month, Lindt unveiled its sparkling new chocolate museum—which happens to be the largest chocolate museum in the world—near Zurich, Switzerland. The Lindt Home of Chocolate doesn’t have a Willy Wonka-esque chocolate river, but its nearly 30-foot-tall chocolate fountain is almost as enchanting.

According to Time Out, about 1500 liters of cocoa soup cascade from the golden whisk down to the massive LINDOR truffle and back again. Although you’re only allowed to enjoy it from a distance, you’ll get a chance to sample some of Lindt’s mouth-watering products in the tasting room at the end of the tour. But before that, you’ll find out how the magic happens: There’s a state-of-the-art research plant on the premises, with a production line in full view of visitors.

All LINDOR truffles should be this size.Lindt & Sprüngli

There’s also an exhibition that tracks chocolate through history, revealing how the Swiss became chocolate trailblazers and showing cocoa’s path from plantations in Ghana to factories in Switzerland. Along the way, you might find out a trade secret or two from one of the world’s best chocolate makers.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate is the home of the renowned Master Chocolatiers, who are now opening their doors and inviting guests to immerse themselves into the fantastical world of chocolate,” the company said in a press release.

All this learning will help you work up an appetite.Lindt & Sprüngli

The project was funded by the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, which seeks to further Switzerland’s confectionery legacy on a global scale.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate will play an important role in safeguarding Switzerland’s position as a chocolate country in the long-term, as well as contribute to the transfer of knowledge across the entire industry,” Ernst Tanner, president of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, said in a press release.

The museum will also play an important role in satisfying the sweet tooth of every chocolate lover who waltzes through the doors, as the accompanying Lindt Chocolate Shop is the largest one on Earth.

[h/t Time Out]