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Singapore ranked second-safest country in study

Republic also rises to No. 2 spot for its criminal justice system

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:33 AM

Singapore was ranked the second-safest out of 99 countries in a rule of law study released yesterday, narrowly losing out to Japan for last year's top spot.

In its order and security category, the US-based World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2014 praised the Republic for its low crime levels, absence of political violence and confidence in the law enforcement authorities.

Singapore also rose from third to second spot - behind Finland - for its criminal justice system.

The WJP describes the rule of law as "a system of rules and rights that enables fair and functioning societies". It surveyed the 99 countries on eight factors and gave a combined overall ranking in which Singapore was 10th, the highest-ranking Asian country with Japan next in 12th place.

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