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Top Ten Countries

Our analysis of countries most likely to weather a global zombie pandemic took into account dozens of different factors, including population density, climate, topography, gun-ownership rate, military capability, natural resources, and public infrastructure. It’s important to note that only nations with a population over 5 million were included in this study, and the explanation for each ranking below is just a brief highlight of what was considered. See the full list below.

#10: SWEDEN

A favorably small population and many natural defenses help Sweden capture the tenth spot. Its military is well trained, well equipped, and solely focused on national defense.

#9: ARGENTINA

The eighth largest country in the world by land mass, Argentina is sandwiched by the Andes Mountains and Atlantic Ocean. Its urbanization keeps it from climbing higher on the list.

#8: FINLAND

The Finnish benefit from being surrounded by other countries strong in zombie survivability, and their low population density of just 41 people per square mile doesn’t hurt either.

#7: NORWAY

Norway came in second in Gold Medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics, showing they know how to thrive in icy conditions. A lot of snowy land and a few hearty people is a recipe for survival.

#6: BOLIVIA

With mountains to protect from their neighbors, and the worst economy in South America, Bolivian’s are used to managing without modern conveniences and can ably fend for themselves.

#5: KAZAKHSTAN

Borat made the whole world laugh at this little country, but Kazakhstan may get the last laugh. The rugged terrain, formidable climate and an extremely low population density are key survival factors.

#4: RUSSIA

Low population density, huge land barriers, and a battle-tested people give Russia the number four spot. If the Nazis couldn’t take Leningrad, there’s no reason to think Nazi zombies will.

#3: UNITED STATES

With over eighty-three people per square mile, the U.S. is considerably more dense than any other country in the top five, but its heavily armed citizenship is more ready for battle than most.

#2: CANADA

Though its thirty-five million residents are packed along a thin strip at the country’s southern border, gun ownership is common, and there’s plenty of room to head north when the stuff hits the fan.

#1: AUSTRALIA

This vast nation grabs the top spot because of its population density of just 7.5 people per square mile, and the fact that it has the world’s biggest moat surrounding it on all sides.

YOUR COUNTRY?

Is there a nation you think should be on the list that we missed? If your home country lower than it deserves? Let us know through the Contact page, and include some supporting facts!

HONORABLE MENTION:

New Zealand’s population of just 4.5 million falls short of our minimum criteria in this study, but it gets an honorable mention nod for excelling in several of the same areas as Australia.

52 comments

  1. Hello I am one of you fans and I have a question.
    If Russia has a zombie outbreak can the military tanks (T90) do anything to the undead or are they completely useless and yes I know how to shoot a gun it’s just that I know how to operate a tank and I will be in a bit of a pickle if they don’t work.

    PS: Please answer this question cause if the tank can do something to the undead well let’s just say Russia will have a huge advantage. I am fro Russia

    • Gday mate, Tanks in general would be of little to no use what so ever so in Russia’s aspect of having tens of thousands of tanks wont make it a live or die factor.

      If you prefer to go for an armored vehicle then I’d suggest a BTR-90, Armed with a 30mm cannon (500 rounds), 7.62mm machine gun (2,000 rounds) and a 30mm automatic grenade launcher (400 rounds). Has an 800km range and is amphibious. Add in the extra room and it is more diverse in what you can do with it, Tank you can leave pretty much just from the top, BTR-90 you can leave from the top or rear ramp. Also has more internal room allowing to transport more people at once in safety or to retrieve more supplies.

      Other vehicles that could be of use would be the BRDM-1, BRDM-2, BTR-60, BTR-70, BTR-80 and the BTR-94 (Nations of former USSR and those who purchased weapons off of them).

      That said I’d only use said vehicle in situations when there was no other choice as they would be a big gas guzzlers compared to other vehicles and larger vehicles tend to require a lot more maintenance to keep them operational so have a smaller vehicle for standard running around/recon and use the BTR-90 for any attack/escape.

      • Thanks man I hope the stuff that you just sayd is true now if you excuse me I have to put a better engine on my tank and more Anti personal shells one it and I hope that our military AKs will do some heavy damage and by that I mean that their ammo can make a huge hole in a truck sooo I hope they do the same to tha zombies.

        • By the way I would like to ask you this.
          How and where can they destroy it.

          • Hey, BB, if you’ve watched the first season of The Walking Dead, you’ll know that zombies (or in any other case, humans) can’t ‘destroy’ a tank on their own. They can block the hatch on the top and trap any humans inside, though, which is exactly what they did on the show. To actually destroy a tank, you’d need a powerful explosive.

  2. While I agree with the fact that Canada is pretty safe. Not all the reasons you listed are correct. Sure Canada is about the 3rd or 4th coldest country in the world(Depending on who you ask) but not a lot of citizens are armed. You may say that because quite a few of us hunt. But most people use bows or crossbows. And Canada has one of the highest amounts of nuclear reactors. So if a lot of us survive there are people who can keep those going, if not then we’d make do with charcoal or firewood to warm our houses. Canada still has a large logging industry, so there might be a few people who have a sturdy helpful axe. Then there are the ice fishers. Ice picks anyone? And someone before me said the cold would kill our crops, we grow the crops in the summer. That would be our most vulnerable time because summer is pretty warm in Canada. And he also mentioned not a lot of fresh water. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area and the 3rd by volume. And we have so much fresh water the Americans want to trade fresh water. We have approx. 7% of the worlds renewable fresh water supply.

  3. how about the philippines

    • Too big of a population. None of the larger Islands would hold out however perhaps a few of the smaller less populated islands could, Would also depend on the size of the surviving islands and the population, If the land cant sustain the population then you will just starve to death slowly.

  4. Alaska is where it’s at! Low population density, terrain you can survive on, and every mofo in the state is packing!

  5. Mongolia has the lowest population density so i think it should be on the list.

  6. I’m in the UK, so I’d just like to wish you all good luck as I am obvioulsy already dead.
    No guns
    Heavily populated
    And I can’t fly a plane like in the movies, everyone can fly a plane.

    Ahh crap!

    • Only if they are fast running zombies, If they slow moving just go for a casual walk down to the Pub, Have a couple pints, Then walk off again as they start to catch up again =)

      Could never work out how in so many zombie movies the US loses against zombies that move slower then walking distance…

    • I would get a boat and go to NORWAY or FINLAND from the uk

      • Well you have a problem. If an outbreak happens they will have orders to shoot anybody who try’s to escape. Believe me I am a soldier in Russia and believe me the UN will do that.

  7. When you said that in Canada the cold might freeze the zombies, have you thought about the fact that since most people have turned into zombies even if they freeze and die there won’t be anyone to create electricity for your house so you could freeze to death as well also no one will be importing food any where so the only chance you have is to get food from grocery stores(If they haven’t been raided already) or plant your own crops but the weather will most likely kill your crops so you might die of hunger,Clean water is also necessary but since almost everyone is a zombie there would be no one to clean and desalinate your water.

    Even though America has a lot of guns everyone will most likely be turned into a zombie so then you have the entire United States of America to kill and I doubt you will survive with such a gigantic hoard of zombies coming at you all at once.

    Kazakhstan is a very hot place in the summer so you would have to try not to exert yourself but when there are zombies coming at you you most likely will so your could faint and get killed also you need water because you need to stay hydrated so if you do stay in Kazakhstan you would have to stay near a river, stream or any source of water and you would still have to clean and desalinate the water as well.

    • Too good a point, While Canada is good for low population density it is still connected to the USA and in turn Mexico and so on, Only a few in the rural area’s would now how to and be able to adapt to living off the land with out modern equipment (Sooner or later what you have in modern equipment will run out of juice or bugger up from wear and tear). While they could live off the land indefinitely a half billion zombies from Central America and the USA would over whelm them.

      That said if they acted early enough a few places less to the North capable of being isolated would be Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, Manitoulin Island and possibly Nova Scotia if they block the small land corridor early on.

    • Noor Quadori

      im sorry that statement is one of the dumbest iv heard.

      why would most of america turn into zombies ? USA isn’t suddenly going to start shooting every living person in site why would they do that ?? You reckon that the WHOLE country of the US is going to turn into zombies … just no. There are smart people in every country in the world. The smart people will live , the dumb people will die .

      Secondly electricity isn’t created by the way its harnessed … you mean there will be no-one to supervise the process.

      Lastly the point with zombies in Canada is that the decomposing zombie isn’t going to fair well in the cold weather , limbs will move extremely slow if at all because the joints will start to swell , freeze and seize up. its possible that there would be zombies “living” but on the ground unable to move or at least very slowly making them very easy to destroy.

  8. So here’s the problem, yes I’m one of those people. One major factor that people never take into consideration is infrastructure. What countries have a ton of chemical plants and nuclear power plants that when a Zombie Apocalypse hits they would no longer be cared for thus you have chemicals and radiation killing off the population, sure you might survive the first three months, but when all the fuel is gone and the power stops those places are going to blow. This is the major factor that people always forget to talk about, yes America has a lot of guns and people willing to shot them, but wheres our food supply coming from? Where do we go when all the Nuclear reactors in the country start to melt down? Seriously why is that never a thought when people make these list, you wanna put realism into it then please consider things like this when thinking of the best place to be in order to survive.

    • Too true.

      On the ground’s of nuclear reactors I’m pretty sure most if not all designs now have fail safes built in to shut them down to prevent any form of explosion but not certain, Will see what I can find.

      That said it’s a valid point, People seem to assume winter weather, Hilly terrain and some bunkers equals the ultimate zombie defense plus a whole lot of guns.

      the best fortifications wont mean crap if you run out of food. And for those who think a small garden will sustain them, You need fish, meat, dairy, vegetables and fruit to be healthy and capable to your best performance. For all of that it’s estimated to feed a single person you need minimum of 2+ acres (or 1 hectare). The poorer quality the land the more of it you will need.

    • Yes, I agree that we regularly forgets the maintenance of infra structure without living people who will be able to perform these tasks on a daily basis ,countries with a lot a nuclear power plant have must counted for a radioactivity that would be deadly , but The question is whether people will die of this radioactivity become the new dead people or not and not join the other zombies .
      And dams, hydroelectric power plants, Weir,protection from river and coastal flooding , bridges, and other infrastructure buildings and large civil buildings whit the potentially dangerous effects without the working maintenance people.
      And about the regular production of food in these conditions is difficult to predict in efficient manner.
      Just look the TV Documentary ;Life After People; and you will realize how much we depend on daily maintenance all around us .
      So my predictions are not good for half of the countries on the list , but also is not good for all of humanity in terms of such a rapid epidemic.
      Certainly one of the worst possible theories about the end of the world is zombies apokaliptic run.

  9. What about Cyprus? An island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. Population of only 800K. High gun ownership rate and at 18 years old every male has to go to the army.

    • Cyprus would be a good bet except even though the population is only 800k that is 800k for a small area. Could be made to work but would require compacting people into tight living quarters to open up extra agricultural land.

      A better bet that could work in unison with Cyprus would be Corsica though Sardinia would also be an option. Their biggest assets being not being connected to the mainland as such once any outbreak contained their you dont have to worry about zombies walking in..

  10. Florida! you know why!? because we have the stand your ground law! If we shoot people on dumb principles then what makes you think we wont shoot dead zombies! But on a serious note Australia does sound like a good place to go but not only would you have to worry about the Z’s but you also have to worry about all the little critters and animals that can kill you down there to begin with lol.

    • It’s really not as bad down here as everyone thinks. We don’t have small animals running around everywhere, in fact most of the suburban areas are very tightly packed (like sardines) and the only thing is if you lived out on a farm you’d have to look out for snakes. The spiders are seriously not as big as people say, there are quite a few but they’re all squishing-with-thongs sized. (I’m pretty sure you call then flip-flops, haha what a weird name.)

  11. What about Serbia? We have low population, half of rural people, a lot mountains and water, food from the village and small cities. Almost everyone has a gun. Zombies have no chance.

    • Low population and gun ownership would help out initially, The choices made early would define your chances. While most assume going to the very top of the mountains is the best option in many cases it is not. It is good to try and avoid the zombies but for staying warm, growing food etc it is a bad move.

      If you know your local geography well enough and realize what is occurring early on then you may be able to set up a defense, Using cliff faces even small ones would lower the amount of construction you would have to do but if not done early then in the long run it would still become an untenable position being attacked to Europe you could have wave upon wave bearing down on you.

      For Serbia the decisions made on the first day would count, Any later and it’s a write off.

  12. I would say afghanstain would have to be in the top ten. I mean their fighters can avoid the US troops, and with the rocky ground and high mountain and low population, will make it easy to avoid the zombies.

    • All depends on the zombies, Fast or slow would make the difference. If fast then the mountainous terrain would have little impact. It would delay the zombies but it wouldn’t delay them enough for the Afghans to build needed defense’s (ie: Covering both village, water source, agricultural land etc) but if slow then an organized group could use the terrain to slow them down while said defense (ie: Big ass wall) is built.

      As for low population, 30 million in a small area, Yes not as densely packed as many nations but not a small population either, Especially when you take into account nearby Iran and Pakistan.

  13. SCOTLAND…..a lot of water to drown the zombies, and were all nuts!

  14. Australia – forget it.

    Most guns are owned by the military and police. We have very few guns here. We have tonnes of empty land which most people wouldn’t last five minutes in – sunstroke, dehydration, starvation, no building materials, even animals don’t live out there, read our history books – plenty of people have died. We’ve only one inland water source to speak of which would be sucked dry in seconds if it isn’t already bone dry from the drought. There’s almost constant drought so apart from no water there would also be no food.

    The cities are flooded with people and the airports are mostly very close to the cities, so if even if only one Zed got in the cities would fall in minutes. A few years ago I saw an international survey that found Sydney has worse density than NY.

    And we wouldn’t be taking refugees. The Prime Minister already has the navy searching the water to remove the foreign threat.

    The antarctic is safer. Make some pemmican, biscuits, and chocolate bars (about 2200cal per day), and grab a few bottles of vitamin C. Ice can be melted into drinkable water. If the food gets scarce I’ll resort to fishing. Pack the right clothes and you’ll make it to one of the stations.

    • While correct on the firearms you are off on other aspects.

      1. We have the largest underground fresh water source by area in the world that covers 1.7 million square km’s. Added to that we have a number of large lakes that while low still cover large surface area’s that could support tens of thousands for a good amount of time. In short water resources are hardly a big factor.

      2. Sunstroke and dehydration. While amongst the old and young that would be a problem the fit adults would be able to cope if the acted right, As in doing most travel during the night and who had to work in the day dressed properly and drank the right amount of water.

      3. Starvation, Hardly an issue when Australia produces an excess of food, Much of which comes out from the bush. While the yield per an acre is lower then that of Europe or the US we have large swaths of flat ground an as such are able to produce more then enough (We produce enough food for about 90m based on Western food diets)

      4. No building materials, Hardly accurate when most building materials come from the outer regions away from the built up city areas.

      5. Almost constant drought, For much of the year yes however up the top end there is the Wet season, While most of the water runs off into the Pacific if needed said water could be captured and made use of, Should also be noted Australia tends to have had a history of decade long droughts followed by a decade of good rain, We survived then why should now be any different?1

      6. Cities, Airports and Density. Yes the Airports are located close to the cities however the density is no where near that of NYC or many other European/Asian cities… That said Australia also has the element of distance so unless said Z apocalypse occurs in Australia we would have ample time to prepare and act accordingly. If any spot of Australia is at most risk of a Z outbreak its the top end and it is sparsely populated, The small few population centers easily defended or evacuated if need be.

      7. Refugees. While that may or may not be the case if it is then it merely makes Australia safer as we would be shooting down any possible infection before they could make land. No risk to the airports or cities or the ports.

      8. Antarctica, A land mass totally reliant on outside supplies to survive in is your best solution? Firstly you would need heating fuel, But there would be none there for you to last much longer then 12 months at best. Then you would need water, Ice can be melted but you risk infections as said ice could contain dangerous bacteria, Food supply, With no soil to grow food on you would be totally reliant on what you bring which you would be unlikely to bring enough to feed your self for a year, Yet alone all the others that come with you. Fishing could substitute the food but it’s hardly a complete solution and to do said fishing you would need a boat, Wooden boats are too risky (more then a few have broken up in the past) and a modern one would need fuel that you could not spare..

      So far sir common sense points to Anarctica being the worst possible choice and Australia being the best.

  15. firesuperioritycomplex

    Yeah, Switzerland is a pretty big one not to exclude.

    For one, every adult is required to join the military and almost everyone owns a gun.Switzerland has a large firearms manufacturing industry, weapons that are used all around the world because of their known reliability. Also Switzerland is surrounded by freaking mountains. It’s really cold there which means Zombies will have a hard time moving around and it has a pretty low population.

    And finally, because of it’s long history of neutrality, while the rest of the civilized world maybe trying to figure out “who the hell unleashed this bioweapon on us” which may or may not result in such thoughts like “Ah hell, It’s probably that country we always have been feuding with, lets just nuke them.” Switzerland’s survival rate seems pretty high to me.

  16. Im going to Hawaii. I know its not a country but its got jungles and tons of wildlife, farms, plenty of fish. Good weather. It’s got snow on the mountains and streams. Plus you can get there by boat. Also if everyone there is a zombie that’s a lot less then trying to take on whole countries. And there is multiple islands.

  17. I live in Baltimore, MD I think I would try to go to one of the islands on the eastern shore. It’s about an hour drive.

  18. Well I already know I’ll be dipping out when shit hits the fan,,, but these places you guys are talking about… when the time comes when shit goes down hill, how would we even be able to get to these places????….. give me some pointers in how too… I’m currently in NC, but from Washington, DC….

  19. I’m heading up north to Nuuk, Greenland or Reykjavik, Iceland if everything goes south (ba-dum-tsst).

    Geographically: Islands, isolated from all landmasses, low population density, and tough weather conditions- both at sea & inland. Given the extreme depths and current charts of the North Sea neither location would be accessible to zombies. On the flip side, the location is not easily accessible to living refugees so the whole “no-room-in-the-inn” mentality shouldn’t be as much of a factor as in other potential refugee destinations.

    Other Factors: A high proportion of Greenlanders are avid hunters (marksmanship skills off the charts) and are armed. In the event of an outbreak, it would be safe to assume what fraction of their tiny population that got infected could be elimated. Iceland generates virtually all of its electricity from geo-thermal powerplants that are entirely self-sustaining into the distant future. Nationally, Iceland has one of the lowest dependencies on fossil fuels of any country in the world. Both states also have high rates of fluency in English and Westernized systems of healthcare/transport/etc.

    So, in short, much more attractive than Iceland.

    My sole concern would be the procurement of food- particularly non-meats/fish. Although, I think that is doable given the prevalence of greenhouses. Also, NatGeo did an article on Greenlandic agriculture that looks pretty promising for a source of non-meat food.

  20. Can you show us your rating system?

  21. I think you may have missed some smaller countries that actually have quite a high chance of being safe in,

    Such as Andorra. Low population, high number of gun/weapon/ supply shops, mountainous terrain. (it lies in the middle of the mountain range seperating rural southern france and rural northern spain.

    Zombie density should be fairly low, generally with pockets of higher numbers, with the mountins prohibiting higher numbers entering andorra its less likely you will be overrun.

    I’m from the UK btw

  22. Finland is pretty famous for their winter warfare since WWII when they were invaded by Russia. I don’t know why Norway get a better placement just because they did well in the winter olympics. I don’t think most people in Norway are olympic skiers ;)

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