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The safest places to hide if World War 3 breaks out and nuclear weapons fly in

The phrase 'World War 3' began trending on Twitter after Iranian top general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a bombing ordered by President Trump at Baghdad Airport on Thursday

by Chiara Fiorillo Jan 4th 2020 · 1 min read
The safest places to hide if World War 3 breaks out and nuclear weapons fly in

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFears of World War 3 began after the killing of an Iranian top general in a US air strike. Qasem Soleimani was killed in a bombing ordered by President Trump at Baghdad Airport on Thursday. After his death, the country's supreme leader Ali Khamenei sparked fears of war as he announced revenge, adding: "I and the government and the nation of Iran strongly condemn this American crime." The phrase "World War 3" began trending on Twitter and searches for the same sentence also spiked on Google within hours of the air strike in Iraq. "Iran" was recorded as the most searched term in the United States, with more than 500,000 searches for the topic. Millions of people were worried the assassination could spark a chain of events ending in a full-scale combat.

Portugal is in the third place

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Donald Trump said after the strike: “What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved. “Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protesters in Iran, where more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government. “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.” The Daily Star has put together a list of the safest places to hide if war breaks out as suggested by the Global Peace Index, a ranking of the safest countries in the world.

Denmark is the fifth safest country

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Coming in at the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland. It has a population of 339,000, no army, is protected by NATO and has a remote location. New Zealand comes in the second place as the country also has a remote location and a population of 4.8 million people. Sitting in third place is Portugal, with a considerable lead over its neighbours.

Qassem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad Airport

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These are the top 10 safest countries in the world: 1. Iceland 2. New Zealand 3. Portugal 4. Austria 5. Denmark

President Donald Trump ordered the air strike which killed Soleimani

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6. Canada 7. Singapore 8. Slovenia

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9. Japan 10. Czech Republic Afghanistan has been ranked the most dangerous country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. It is followed by Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Iraq and Somalia.

last updated: 2020-01-05@11:01