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Most desirable destinations for ethically minded travelers, 2019

Scoring 29 out of a possible 30, Germany ranks as the most desirable destination for ethically minded travelers, according to Travel Morality Index for 2019. The number 2 destination for morality and ethicality was Austria, with Iceland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand following in 3rd, 4th, and 55th place.

Canada ranks No. 6 while the United States comes in at 21. It’s not surprising that 15 of this year’s top 20 most desirable destinations for ethically minded travelers are in Europe.

The lowest-ranking countries in the index include Yemen, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Tanzania.

The research focuses on six categories: human rights, animal welfare, gender equality, workers’ rights, global peace index and positive well-being feeling. In order to determine where the countries should fit on the index, the organization utilized a number of studies, surveys and more to identify the merits and problems in each nation.

Most Ethical Destinations to Travel in 2019

RankCountryHuman Rights ScoreAnimal Welfare ScoreGender Equality ScoreWorkers Rights ScoreGlobal Peace IndexPositive WellbeingTotal
1Germany1.97910.07211.5311.4429
2Austria1.46110.07111.2741.4628
3Iceland3.93270.06211.0961.4426
4Netherlands2.45630.04432.0531.3826
5New Zealand2.41670.13611.5741.4326
6Canada1.69750.09221.3721.4826
7Belgium1.63350.04821.561.5826
8Finland2.08470.05811.5061.2725
9Czech Republic1.96450.12421.3811.9925
10Denmark1.95970.0411.3531.3425
11France1.29740.08311.9091.7425
12Ireland1.65980.10921.3931.3424
13Australia1.65270.10931.4351.4923
14Estonia1.59170.12221.7321.8523
15Japan1.32670.10321.3911.7723
16Norway3.05470.04822.951.2922
17Slovenia2.10670.05431.3821.9122
18Croatia1.89770.12421.6392.4322
19Italy0.54770.08711.7662.1122
20Chile0.42530.31931.649222
21United States-0.19630.18941.8761.7222
22Lithuania1.12170.12321.7492.0521
23Qatar1.04170.20621.3182.3221
24Latvia0.870.19621.6892.1821
25Portugal0.60670.08831.7271.8321
26Uruguay1.71850.2742.32.0520
27United Kingdom1.57570.11651.821.4820
28Spain1.25350.0851.8231.9420
29Cyprus0.95180.08531.9132.0820
30Hungary0.79270.25931.5312.320
31Costa Rica0.50170.321.7672.1620
32Bhutan0.32880.47611.5453.0220
33Oman0.16880.26411.5192.7420
34Slovakia1.32780.1841.742.219
35Bulgaria0.62970.21731.6352.5119
36Mauritius0.42980.37331.5482.219
37Argentina0.35530.35841.9472.8419
38Trinidad and Tobago0.26180.32411.8952.7119
39Greece0.75570.1252.022.3718
40Montenegro0.71180.13241.8212.7218
41Bosnia and Herzegovina0.63470.16642.0653.0618
42Albania0.36580.23831.8492.8418
43Tajikistan-0.39480.31721.4073.5918
44Uzbekistan-0.52780.27411.7613.7218
45Sweden1.80770.04463.1551.2617
46Poland1.16770.13252.5122.1217
47Botswana1.00670.43441.6592.5117
48Guyana0.3470.50432.0433.1117
49Moldova0.01560.22631.9393.1817
50Nicaragua-0.32570.45621.1923.3117
51Tunisia-0.37580.29822.1042.9717
52Morocco-0.42970.48221.8933.0517
53Dominican Republic-0.6380.45122.0733.0217
54Thailand-0.77570.39321.7363.117
55Brazil-1.06620.40742.162.9817
56Serbia0.58270.18152.4172.8816
57Romania0.46170.31151.8692.6216
58Kuwait0.41180.2751.7992.7916
59Georgia0.08480.3532.132.9116
60Malaysia0.03970.28741.6192.5716
61Armenia-0.30980.26232.2873.1116
62Kazakhstan-0.53470.19751.9743.116
63Jamaica-0.60870.41232.0682.5616
64Turkey-0.80570.31742.0533.1316
65Israel-1.10570.09832.7642.0916
66Myanmar-1.78870.45612.0563.7416
67Bolivia0.37980.4542.0923.4215
68Liberia0.30680.65631.9313.6115
69Ghana-0.09280.53831.7722.9315
70El Salvador-0.29880.39232.2752.9215
71Peru-0.39970.36841.9973.0215
72Cuba-0.48780.30142.0373.3715
73Kyrgyzstan-0.55680.39222.1813.3115
74China-1.11460.15252.2433.0615
75Namibia0.37970.47252.3022.8114
76Laos0.34380.46151.8213.6414
77Gabon0.32280.53432.0993.3614
78Malawi-0.01970.61931.8113.4614
79Paraguay-0.21370.46732.1093.3214
80Haiti-0.33880.60132.0643.7214
81Belarus-0.37380.1352.1123.1414
82Lebanon-0.46150.38142.7783.4614
83Vietnam-0.4770.30451.9053.2214
84Ukraine-0.49470.28542.1683.1714
85Mozambique-0.49880.55231.9793.6614
86Gambia-0.50580.62331.9893.4714
87Azerbaijan-0.51760.31852.4543.3114
88Bahrain-0.5380.22252.4372.7514
89Jordan-0.55680.4642.1043.0514
90Russia-1.06370.25741.5963.4514
91India-1.15920.52452.5043.2814
92Egypt-1.41720.44952.6323.5314
93Lesotho0.38380.54442.1443.3413
94Benin0.31680.61151.9733.3613
95Togo0.2780.56741.8373.6613
96United Arab Emirates0.13670.23253.1132.2913
97Ecuador0.06580.38551.9873.313
98Burkina Faso-0.12480.6142.0293.3713
99Sierra Leone-0.17780.64541.8513.6513
100Niger-0.18770.64931.963.8613
101Zambia-0.53570.51741.8223.413
102Indonesia-0.54570.45351.8533.2513
103Venezuela-0.67170.45432.6423.6713
104Ethiopia-0.77970.50242.5243.6413
105Kenya-0.85670.54932.3543.5713
106Colombia-1.05740.38352.729313
107Philippines-1.10970.42741.9863.2513
108Mexico-1.21370.34352.5832.913
109Sudan-2.18580.56421.6784.1613
110Papua New Guinea0.07970.74141.8263.5912
111Guatemala0.04770.49352.2143.2912
112Algeria0.01670.44252.1823.5412
113Congo-0.23380.57832.3433.8512
114Rwanda-0.3480.38133.163.2712
115Honduras-0.44780.46152.2823.3212
116Cambodia-0.60280.47352.1013.5712
117Cote d'Ivoire-0.91680.66332.2073.4212
118Pakistan-1.45570.54131.9843.9212
119Mauritania-0.00880.61742.3553.9111
120Cameroon-0.38780.56942.4843.911
121Mali-0.60980.67832.6863.5911
122Uganda-0.66270.52352.2833.4911
123Bangladesh-1.04170.54252.0843.6211
124Chad-0.64680.70842.4984.1910
125Zimbabwe-0.76470.53452.3264.0410
126Burundi-1.00480.47162.4883.8210
127Iran-1.08480.46152.4393.7910
128Sri Lanka-1.10570.35463.5083.1810
129Libya-1.16580.1763.2623.8410
130Syria-2.11480.54751.984.1210
131Tanzania-0.3370.53763.63.459
132Iraq-1.56880.50663.4254.228
133Democratic Republic of Congo-2.03680.65243.2514.178
134Afghanistan-1.28280.65353.5854.217
135Central African Republic-1.83180.67363.2364.397
136Yemen-1.04280.83463.3054.286

Your tourist dollars matter!

The idea behind the project is simple: by encouraging travel to countries that have done an outstanding job in the fields of environmental protection, social welfare, human rights, and animal welfare, they are encouraging good behavior.

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Alexandra Dimitropoulou
Deputy executive editor at the ​CEOWORLD magazine. Writer, internet person, professional restaurant recommender, and native New Yorker. Passions: health & wellness, coffee, running & dogs.
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