The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games XXIII in the Republic of Korea will kick off tomorrow, February 9th, 2018. The fact that the Olympic Committee selected South Korea to host along with the rapidly growing number of international tourist arrivals to the country in recent years suggests that South Korea is a safe and hospitable destination. But, what does the data tell us?
Crime. The data tells us that in all likelihood, the flu will be more threatening to tourists and athletes than petty or even violent crime.
Environment. Unlike in some previous olympic games, athletes and tourists will be at a lower risk to immediate, extreme environmental hazards or major natural disasters, apart perhaps from cold temperatures and icy roadways.
Conflict. Relations on the Korean peninsula remain strained, having been further inflated by three nuclear tests by North Korea over the last two years and the expansion of its nuclear inventory to approximately 15 warheads. The risk of hostilities and even war on the peninsula during the Winter Olympics is closely monitored by the Olympic Committee and US Department of State, although most experts deem the threat to be low.
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US imposed new sanctions on North Korea - the most sanctioned country on the planet (see the huge list of sanctions in place from the SanctionsWiki below the page). Being also one of the poorest countries in the world (GDP per capita in North Korea more than 250 times less than in the richest nations, >85 times less the USA, >25 times less than South Korean one, even about 1.5 times less the Zimbabwe) North Korea has significant military power (look at the ranking on the left). The sources of statistical information about North Korea are very limited. But some data, revealing country specific current conditions, are...