List of countries by natural disaster risk

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This is a list of countries by natural disaster risk, as measured in the World Risk Index, calculated by the United Nations University for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and featured in the 2013 World Risk Report (WRR 2013) 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 disaster risk.

The WRI developed by UNU-EHS and BEH the main feature of the WRR, determines the risk of becoming a victim of a disaster as a result of vulnerability and natural hazards such as earthquakes, 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.[1]


2013 rankings[edit]

Key: ██ 0.10-3.61, ██ 3.63-5.68, ██ 5.69-7.43, ██ 7.46-10.37, ██ 10.46-36.43.

Country Rank Disaster risk[2]
 Qatar 1 0.10%
 Malta 2 0.61%
 Barbados 3 1.16%
 Saudi Arabia 4 1.32%
 Grenada 5 1.44%
 Iceland 6 1.55%
 Kiribati 7 1.78%
 Bahrain 8 1.81%
 United Arab Emirates 9 2.10%
 Sweden 10 2.26%
 Finland 11 2.28%
 Egypt 12 2.34%
 Norway 13 2.35%
 Israel 14 2.49%
 Singapore 15 2.49%
 Estonia 16 2.52%
 Seychelles 17 2.58%
  Switzerland 18 2.61%
 Luxembourg 19 2.68%
 Oman 20 2.74%
 Cyprus 21 2.77%
 France 22 2.79%
 Denmark 23 3.10%
 Mongolia 24 3.10%
 Ukraine 25 3.14%
 Lithuania 26 3.18%
 Canada 27 3.18%
 Germany 28 3.24%
 Belarus 29 3.31%
 Sao Tome and Principe 30 3.35%
 Spain 31 3.38%
 Belgium 32 3.42%
 Poland 33 3.46%
 Latvia 34 3.48%
 Czech Republic 35 3.61%
 Slovakia 36 3.63%
 Slovenia 37 3.69%
 Kuwait 38 3.70%
 United Kingdom 39 3.71%
 Argentina 40 3.76%
 Russia 41 3.78%
 Austria 42 3.80%
 Portugal 43 3.80%
 Kazakhstan 44 3.84%
 Paraguay 45 3.85%
 Libya 46 3.93%
 United States 47 3.99%
 The Bahamas 48 3.99%
 Uruguay 49 4.09%
 Croatia 50 4.24%
 Brazil 51 4.26%
 Bulgaria 52 4.43%
 Equatorial Guinea 53 4.49%
 Samoa 54 4.51%
 Australia 55 4.51%
 New Zealand 56 4.69%
 Ireland 57 4.69%
 Iraq 58 4.83%
 Italy 59 4.88%
 Jordan 60 4.88%
 Iran 61 4.92%
 South Korea 62 4.94%
 Moldova 63 5.05%
 Lebanon 64 5.05%
 Bolivia 65 5.08%
 Botswana 66 5.37%
 Turkey 67 5.52%
   Nepal 68 5.53%
 Syria 69 5.67%
 Namibia 70 5.68%
 Hungary 71 5.69%
 Laos 72 5.71%
 South Africa 73 5.80%
 Tunisia 74 5.90%
 Gabon 75 5.93%
 Yemen 76 6.03%
 Venezuela 77 6.16%
 Macedonia 78 6.19%
 Azerbaijan 79 6.28%
 Thailand 80 6.34%
 Eritrea 81 6.35%
 Mexico 82 6.39%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 83 6.42%
 Malaysia 84 6.45%
 Angola 85 6.45%
 Cuba 86 6.51%
 Central African Republic 87 6.57%
 Turkmenistan 88 6.57%
 Romania 89 6.61%
 Belize 90 6.62%
 Uganda 91 6.69%
 Georgia 92 6.83%
 Colombia 93 6.90%
 China 94 6.91%
 Armenia 95 6.97%
 Kenya 96 7.02%
 Peru 97 7.08%
 Lesotho 98 7.09%
 Morocco 99 7.13%
 India 100 7.17%
 Pakistan 101 7.21%
 Tajikistan 102 7.35%
 Greece 103 7.36%
 Ethiopia 104 7.38%
 Rwanda 105 7.43%
 Zambia 106 7.46%
 Panama 107 7.49%
 Comoros 108 7.52%
 Serbia 109 7.53%
 Congo 110 7.57%
 Trinidad and Tobago 111 7.65%
 Swaziland 112 7.65%
 Sri Lanka 113 7.67%
 Liberia 113 7.71%
 Ecuador 114 7.77%
 Sudan 115 7.87%
 Bhutan 116 7.98%
 Tanzania 117 7.99%
 Malawi 118 8.02%
 Algeria 119 8.13%
 Mauritania 120 8.26%
 Nigeria 121 8.32%
 Guinea 122 8.32%
 Kyrgyzstan 123 8.43%
 Suriname 124 8.55%
 Mali 125 8.65%
 Uzbekistan 126 8.66%
 Netherlands 127 8.76%
 Ghana 128 8.81%
 Mozambique 129 8.89%
 Cote d'Ivoire 130 8.86%
 Myanmar 131 9.10%
 Burkina Faso 132 9.72%
 Djibouti 133 9.84%
 Afghanistan 134 9.93%
 Zimbabwe 135 9.96%
 Albania 136 10.01%
 Togo 137 10.34%
 Sierra Leone 138 10.37%
 Burundi 139 10.46%
 Indonesia 140 10.54%
 Cape Verde 141 10.80%
 Honduras 142 10.91%
 Senegal 143 10.99%
 Chad 144 11.06%
 Madagascar 145 11.09%
 Cameroon 146 11.23%
 Dominican Republic 147 11.28%
 Benin 148 11.32%
 Niger 149 11.62%
 Guyana 150 11.65%
 Gambia 151 11.71%
 Haiti 152 11.88%
 Jamaica 153 12.15%
 Chile 154 12.28%
 Vietnam 155 12.81%
 Guinea-Bissau 156 13.09%
 Fiji 157 13.56%
 Japan 158 14.10%
 Nicaragua 159 14.89%
 Mauritius 160 15.18%
 Brunei Darussalam 161 15.58%
 Papua New Guinea 162 15.90%
 Timor-Leste 163 16.37%
 El Salvador 164 16.85%
 Cambodia 165 16.90%
 Costa Rica 166 16.94%
 Solomon Islands 167 18.11%
 Bangladesh 168 19.81%
 Guatemala 169 20.88%
 Philippines 170 27.52%
 Tonga 171 28.23%
 Vanuatu 172 36.43%

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