World Risk Report: 2017

What follows is a list of countries by natural disaster risk, as measured in the World Risk Index, calculated by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and featured in the 2017 World Risk Report (WRR 2017) published by the Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (BEH).

The report systematically considers a country’s vulnerability and its exposure to natural hazards to determine a ranking of countries around the world based on their natural disaster risk. The WRI determines the risk of becoming a victim of a disaster as a result of vulnerability and natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, floods, droughts and sea level rise for 173 countries worldwide. The WRI is based on 28 indicators and research data which are globally freely available and results in a global risk ranking and maps which allow for comparison between countries. Risk is at its highest where a high level of exposure to natural hazards coincides with very vulnerable societies. Click this link to download the full report (25 MB PDF File).

Country WorldRiskIndex  Exposure
State of Palestine1 Not Ranked High
Puerto Rico2 Not Ranked High
Philippines 27.69% 52.46%
Japan 13.47% 45.91%
Costa Rica 17.16% 42.61%
Guatemala 20.46% 36.30%
El Salvador 16.74% 32.60%
Bangladesh 19.57% 31.70%
Chile 11.74% 30.95%
Netherlands 8.41% 30.57%
Cambodia 16.92% 27.65%
Nicaragua 14.88% 27.23%
Viet Nam 12.84% 25.35%
Dominican Republic 11.34% 23.14%
Greece 7.11% 21.11%
Honduras 10.82% 20.01%
Indonesia 10.49% 19.36%
Serbia 7.23% 18.05%
Panama 7.43% 16.45%
Ecuador 7.66% 16.15%
Algeria 7.76% 15.82%
Romania 6.47% 15.77%
Hungary 5.55% 15.61%
New Zealand 4.42% 15.44%
Australia 4.24% 15.05%
Sri Lanka 7.52% 14.79%
Ireland 4.56% 14.74%
Georgia 6.64% 14.69%
Malaysia 6.47% 14.60%
Armenia 6.49% 14.51%
Ghana 8.69% 14.48%
China 6.81% 14.43%
Peru 6.91% 14.40%
Italy 4.63% 13.85%
Colombia 6.76% 13.84%
Mexico 6.25% 13.84%
Thailand 6.35% 13.70%
Morocco 6.87% 13.25%
Azerbaijan 5.99% 13.16%
Venezuela 5.99% 13.15%
Tunisia 5.62% 12.45%
Turkey 5.42% 12.25%
United States 3.90% 12.25%
South Africa 5.62% 12.08%
Nigeria 8.19% 12.06%
India 7.00% 11.94%
Bulgaria 4.34% 11.66%
United Kingdom 3.60% 11.60%
Slovenia 3.62% 11.59%
Croatia 4.21% 11.53%
Germany 3.09% 11.41%
Pakistan 7.11% 11.36%
Lebanon 5.02% 11.14%
Ethiopia 7.45% 11.12%
Uruguay 4.03% 11.10%
Portugal 3.65% 10.93%
Denmark 2.99% 10.87%
Czech Republic 3.52% 10.82%
Kenya 6.94% 10.69%
Jordan 4.76% 10.53%
Canada 3.13% 10.25%
Spain 3.23% 10.23%
Slovakia 3.56% 10.21%
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 4.87% 10.19%
Poland 3.35% 9.79%
Lao People’s Dem Rep 5.69% 9.55%
Argentina 3.69% 9.55%
Brazil 4.23% 9.53%
Russia 3.78% 9.38%
Latvia 3.43% 9.26%
France 2.73% 9.25%
Nepal 5.37% 9.16%
Kuwait 3.46% 9.04%
Bolivia 4.93% 8.98%
Lithuania 3.06% 8.88%
Norway 2.29% 8.58%
Finland 2.25% 8.19%
Iraq 4.77% 8.08%
Sweden 2.19% 7.97%
Singapore 2.36% 7.82%
Ukraine 3.10% 7.50%
Paraguay 3.71% 7.03%
Oman 2.72% 6.41%
Israel 2.40% 6.41%
United Arab Emirates 1.98% 5.93%
Iceland 1.54% 5.67%
Egypt 2.30% 4.72%
Bahrain 1.77% 4.27%
Saudi Arabia 1.21% 2.93%
Qatar 0.09% 0.28%

 

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