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Where in Europe are you most exposed to natural disasters?

September 12, 2016

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There’s a lot to consider when moving abroad for work: what will the cost of living be like, where will you live, how will you manage communicating in another language etc? But have you considered how exposed to natural disasters and social vulnerability your chosen destination is?

Rather helpfully in this case, the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security has created The WorldRiskReport to show the global hotspots for a high disaster risk and the preparedness of a country towards preventing a natural event from becoming a disaster.

Assessing a country’s exposure to natural hazard and the vulnerability of its societal sphere, the report ranks nations on a scale from Very Low Risk to Very High.

Reassuringly for those looking to relocate to a European country, the majority of these are on the low end of the risk scale. So where in Europe are you at the most and least risk of natural hazards and social vulnerability? The top three most at risks countries according to the report are:

  • Serbia: Given the current disruption in Serbia, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the country is ranked one of the highest in terms of vulnerability in Europe, scoring 44.71%. It is however, less prone to exposure to natural hazards than some of the other states listed in the middle of the risk scale.
  • Romania: With a vulnerability score of 37.56%, Romania isn’t too far behind Serbia. Dubbed the poorest country in the EU by some, it’s perhaps no wonder it is further up the risk scale than some of its European counterparts.
  • Greece: While the country has a lower vulnerability scale than Serbia and Romania – at 31.76% – it is ranked as one of the European countries most prone to natural hazards. Indeed, the country has recently been experiencing severe weather that has led to flooding in some areas.

Those at the top of the rankings included:

  • Sweden: One of the safest destinations in Europe according to the report, Sweden is only 7.97% likely to suffer from a natural disaster and its societal vulnerability score is just 26.55%. This low risk rating could perhaps be influenced by the country’s low levels of population density.
  • Germany: Ahead on the scale in terms of vulnerability, Germany is marked at just 25.87%. It is, however, more likely to experience a natural disaster (11.41%). Its overall risk rating, though, is just 0.83% behind Sweden’s.
  • France: While considered more vulnerable than Germany in general – with a score of 28.35% – the country is less likely to suffer from a natural hazard (9.25%).

Of course, as a contractor you will have relatively little control over how a natural disaster would impact your time in a particular country. You do, however, have control over your tax status and should ensure you remain on the right side of the law wherever you’re working. Contact the team today to find out how we can help you remain compliant.

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