Erbil, the no. 5 safest city in the world

Unfortunately, stereotypes and skewed media coverage would lead many to be surprised to see Iraq on this list. But the city of Erbil, located in northern Iraq and capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, makes it into the top five safest cities in the world. Also one of the world's oldest cities, Erbil is a diverse city full of different religions and ethnicities that you can explore in its many bazaars, parks, mosques, and museums.