Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Europe

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1Moskova (Russia)

Whether you know something about Russia though besides that the American limited and controlled by state policy mass media and the European mass media with similar to Americas problem about everything connected with Russia. I doubt that that a half of those who expressed here their opinions at least once visited Moscow. I am from northern Europe and I lived in Moscow for 9 months and I with a confidence can say that Moscow is much quieter, cleaner and more civilized, than Paris (adored by tourists and where tourists are robed by hundreds of organized gangs and police simply not capable to fight with them, they won't even begin to look for your gone wallet or a handbag even if you will remain without passport, everything will be to spit on that fact (I lived there and I know that speak) Moscow in the same way is flooded by Asian emigrants, but behave they pretty well and I never faced aggression from any of them, in difference from Paris, where they constantly stick to tourists, ...more

HAve you ever been to Moscow to critic it?! - kirillyanukovich

Lots of gangs. The most powerful of them operates from Kremlin. Locals depending on age have a chip on the shoulder (younger ones) or gold mine instead of teeth (older ones). If you happen to be dark skinned expect trouble - if you're lucky you will regain consciousness in a week or two, and loose it immediately when you see how hospital looks like and how much "gratification" docs, nurses et al expect.

It is transcontinental, so is much of the Middle East and Turkey, Cyprus and even Egypt. - Harri666

The worst city to live in. Kremlin is there. People are kidnapped and killed

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2Glasgow (UK)

Too much drink. Too few jobs. Local attitude very low.

I'm from glasgow I'm 22 and got two slashes on my face and one on my leg, I'm not a trouble maker just through being mugged haha it can be a beautiful but scary place at times.

Glasgow is wonderful place only the 10percent wee silly needs that ruin it!

The other lot the drug dealers and gangsters! There not so bad most of the time as they do there own thing and keep to them selfs pretty easy to spot too, track suits! Gucci cruise clothes rollex! Veneers! Big cars

The rest are ok

Nothing worse than junks but there everywhere in most run down areas,

City centre at we for most of you bet to get your taxi after dancing this is we're the trouble starts walking about Glasgow late at night!

Its getting better

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3Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herezgovina)

Sarajevo is nice city, however it is true that you can get robbed easy. Who ever does visit the city should keep him/her self in the downtown, should not walk around the suburbs. City with whole lot of historical buildings, and I would call it European Jerusalem. Diversity of different religions on one place, city with good people ready to help at any given time. Like any other big city, yes there are gangs, however it is safe if you keep your self in the old town. Beautiful city with nice night life, nice restaurants, nice food. You just need to get in contact with someone local and than you will discover beauties of the city it self and people that do live there. True it was much nicer, however war has done the damage. Lots of local people are not really from Sarajevo, huge population migration happened during and after the war. My opinion is a must see city.

I truly do not know what this city is doing on the list- I have never felt unsafe in Sarajevo, I have been there several times, and stayed for several weeks, and never, ever saw anybody being robbed. People are helpful, and the city is just amazing, as well as the nature around the city - I have been walking alone at night and nothing ever happened. I even forgot my credit card in a place, and had a guy running after me to give it to me, and this was at 3 am in a suburb. Having it so high on the list compared to London, Berlin, or Bucarest is just ridiculous!

Great city... If you acting like tourist, but stay in old town

Sarajevo is such a beautiful city... It's so sad that the main part of the civil war happened here.

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4Tirana (Albania)

The whole world has heard about the Albanian mafia... About drug trafficking, people trafficking, murder's, rape, etc...
They control over 40% of the worlds drug trafficking
They are deep rooted in the balkans since the 15th century

FBI reports say that the Albanian mafia is one of the top 3 mafia organizations in the world

Interpol reports say that the Albanian mafia is the second largest mafia organization in the world

I am an Albanian and haven't lived in Albania for 20 years and every time I visit although I look and sound like a tourist never had any problems there everyone is friendly. However, I still say that Albania is dangerous but not to genuine visitors, the only people that will be in danger in Albania are gangsters, show offs, and people with attitude problems (due to the Albanian pride not to feel inferior or second to no one) Everyone else will be more welcomed then visiting relatives go and check it out or ask anyone who has been there.

Albanians are very violent people, common guys Albanian Mafia is most violent mafia in the world. They are very brave men.

Its highly dangerous at night, include murdering in pubs, every time there are assaulting in bars at late night

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5Napoli (Italy)

Definitely the most dangerous city in Italy, if not Western Europe. Palermo, Sicily is also very bad. These cities are riddled with mafia.

I was living in Naples for some years.

Even if it's dirty and deteriorate, the city itself is very beautiful and some places are special.

By the way, I must admit that many people are arrogant. They say they are friendly and warm but I found a lot of rude and impolite people and they're often extremely intrusive.

The ignorance you can find here is rare in other European cities and it's very difficult to find people who can speak English (even in a basic way). Italian its self can be a problem for some people, especially in some neighborhood.

Episodes of racism and xenophobia, sometimes even resulting in violence, are quite common, based on personal and friend's experiences, and I saw people insulted or even beaten even for having disabilities or physical difficulties.

Personally I've never had problems with robbery but I know about many people having had this kind of problems and it happens quite often to see tourist robbed or bag-snatched.

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It s a fact London is very dangerous even under CCTV. It is statistically the most dangerous city of Europe, straight after comes Glasgow with knifes aggression. Foreigners can easily see the difference on the high level of violence compare to their other European countries. South west London is considering as safe because posh but It is not the case at all. French persons and others foreigners have stories to talk about this area. Blood, dangerous crazy people, junkies, extreme poor-less, fight, murder etc. We are witness of chocking and bad acts each week. I come from Paris an area consider as a bad one but I have never seen in Paris, what I have seen here in 3 months. That s crazy. I live Fulham, my neighbor was killed in his house, an old woman was sexually abuse in the street, 3 children were kidnapped, a man try to kidnapped myself, A girl punched a man, a man had a cheek cut and many more witnessed. When I come back around 8 pm from work there is more than 50 percent a fight or ...more

It's a dirty town that don't handle waste that well, but it also has a lot of historic beautiful buildings and attractions, it's an old and very interesting city, beautiful in some parts but I didn't feel so save when I went there - ChatonNoir

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6Belgrade (Serbia)

This town shouldn't be in this list, you can walk alone whole day and night freely.

I'm not Serbian and I live in Belgrade, there are no gangs here, you have a very small chance to get robed and level of criminal is not so high, there are no racism or similar stuf, so I thing Belgrade shold not be on the list. Come to Belgrade and see for your self, you can walk alone in the midle of the night and feel very safe, and things that New Belgrade is dangerous is a lie I live there.

Belgrade is little dangerous. That is most beautiful city in hole world! Don't listen idiot from T.V. or Internet who say "Belgrade is most dangerous city in Europe" or "New Belgrade is full of Serbian Mafia" just come to us and enjoy in beautiful city!

It's Only Dangerous If Your Muslim. I Think...

Anyway It's Still A Very Beautiful City. - 12cc

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7Nottingham (UK)

I live in Nottingham, Hucknall, and I'm 19. I have say, you have your nice places and not so nice, just like any city. The bad places are really bad. Don't go walking around late at night, and it doesn't matter if you act big, or you're just acting normal, you have the same chance of getting mugged or stabbed. I remember as a kid, around 6 years old, me and my friend went down River Lean, and we saw a man sitting on the floor in the woods with a shot gun, we got so scared and we ran like hell, he started shouting at us, but some people on the tram saw him a bit before and called the police, and as a kid, when I was 13 - 17, I was scared to go outside because my friends estate was so scary. Also, Holgate School was horrible, fights every single day, the outside class rooms got burnt down, and people brought knives to school. I wouldn't advice anyone to go roaming around towns unless you're a well known local. I also lived in a pub, and it was really nice, but I've been in recently for ...more - MattKO

Rated 4th come on get real the city is amazing. The people are great and the city centre has every thing you could want and is safe!

There are some nicer areas like any city, but come on 'Shottingham' says it all, I've spent most of my life here and worked in some of the inner city estates, I was scared to walk about these places in day light and wouldn't dream of it in the night time, the city itself has a nasty atmosphere and a tension too it, the city centre isn't too dangerous or poor on the whole but it is a very small centre, venture out of maybe a square mile and a half in any direction (pretty much) and you would be at risk. This whole area of the North Midlands (Derby and Stoke to point fingers) is bleak and unsavoury, lacks the heart of the north or the safety of the south, as an area it's stuck in an uneasy limbo. Can't at all see why people who are not from here move here unless a job pays very well, I've recently moved away.

As with everywhere it's not all bad, as I see the VERY centre of the city is more desirable, but there's a reason it's so high on the list, be it from the street level crime ...more

Nottingham is no where near dangerous! Then why is it here...?

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8Sofia (Bulgaria)

Gypsies stealing from elder people, women and children; nationalistic movements and skinhead organizations trying to protect their country in violent ways; violent football ultras; aggressive and corrupted police; and the reason for all of the above is the corruption of the politicians and their connections with the mafia

Me as a Dutch person in Sofia lives here fantastic with no problems at all! The street dogs just want to have food and beg, the gypsies are 99% scum, will only rob you when you are small, elderly or a girl. Local hooligans and nationalists? For me that's a good thing and they will never bother you with anything and the locals are friendly (not always of course). Good and safe place to live for sure!

Don't fail to mention packs of street dogs that killed three people in an year and mauled countless. Domestic dogs are also completely unregulated in practice, so there is also significant risk of being bitten by domestic dogs.

Went there a few years ago and found it cosy, atmospheric and like a hidden gem in Europe. But I also was accompanied by a man who lives there so he was my guide. That felt safe but as I said I didn't feel insecure, I just noticed there were a lot of beggars sadly - ChatonNoir

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9Limerick (Ireland)

Stay away from this place council estate kids closed thing to hell

This is some sort of a joke website I think. The grammar and spelling is hilarious. All of these city's have issues but no more than any other urban areas where people live cheek by jowl. I live in limerick and although there are bad areas it's down to bad planning by the people who spend a few years in college and by people who have never lived in a bad area in their lives and they decide how these housing estates are built without some consideration about what could happen in the future. I encourage anyone to visit limerick and see for themselves and who wants to go to a council estate when on vacation anyway ffs!

Limerick saw a gang murder every week between about 2000 all the way up until 2010, but the Police have it under control now. Over 100 gang members have been jailed under new anti-gang legislation (the others are dead), and put away for a long time, while firearms crimes are down by 93% year on year. There is still a decent police (Garda) presence and they have SWAT teams patrolling the remaining few gang areas.

While the gang related murders have stopped, Limerick remains a rough boring town with little to do. A grim place.

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10Malmö (Sweden)

The town is completely taken over by stupid immigrants, sadly...

What a dump! Seriously, If you are stupid enough to wander in there and not be immediately identifiable to the "locals" as an Arab or Somali... You gonna die.
Female? Gang rape. No way in hell are the police going to bother intervening or investigating if you are not Muslim.
Smell that? That's the schools, police stations, medical facility's being burned to the ground, it happens every single night.

Lots of nasty immigrant slums in the suburbs. Not a very nice place at all.

Been there several times and the bad rap is exaggerated. There are parts of the city where you don't want to go night time but that's the same with a lot of cities even smaller ones. It's not beautiful but cosy and there are a lot of creative designers, musicians, good shopping, great food from all over the world. In the central parts there is a " bohemian" neighborhood which is multicultural, young, cool and I would say rather safe to go even at night. - ChatonNoir

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11Bucuresti (Romania)

I lived in Prague for 2 years and I was beaten up on a bi-weekly basis because of the colour of my skin (Indian), I lived in Bratislava for a year and the people there were just as horrible, slightly better than Prague. I have since lived in Bucharest for 4 years and it is literally my favourite place on earth. The people are absolutely lovely here, they are not racist, it is a cheap, safe paradise. I should also mention that I am born and raised in UK, where the people are not too racist but very violent. I was attacked racially as a child but since I've grown up it's not been too bad. I've been working as a Doctor in the Uk for almost a year now and the level of violent attacks is insane.

It's not dangerous if you don't go crazy and act normally. Actually, it's a very nice city, with good girls

Bucharest is not at all a dangerous city. I was born here and grew up here and in my 30 years of life I've never encountered any violence against me, although I was not always living in the good areas of the city. You can walk alone, as a girl, in the middle of the night and nothing will happen to you.
Gypsies are just noisy, they like to be together and listen to music and have fun together, but they are not a threat to anyone.
It is very safe, take this from a girl.

Honestly, the Bucharest Romania is not that bad... Most of the people saying bad things usually are just people that don't like Romanian. But obviously there is the very strong Romanian Mafia, they are very similar to the early Sicilian mafia, very violent and hypersensitive and hates traitors. I go to Romania every year and I have never encountered the Romanian Mafia because I have not business with them... This is the same for anyone who goes there, you are not in danger unless you have business or bad history with the Mafia. Overall since Romanian's new prime minister has come into place things have got a lot better, crime rates decreased, the city is looking better and you can feel safe walking at night and the nightlife in Bucharest is very nice.

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12Istanbul (Turkey)

Great city. Never felt unsafe there. Lots to do and see.

It is very safe, conservative and clean except for very few areas well known like any in the world.I stayed there for almost a month.I love it people are very friendly and helpful unlike other countries I visited.
In Istanbul you will enjoy friendly atmosphere, stay away from aksaray.

Are you serious I live here since 2008 and here is so comfortable and safety it should not be on this list

Amazing city I really love this city

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13Marseille (France)

Nice city along the sea, lots of things to discover in and outside, really good food like the most famous fish dish in the world: The Bouillabaisse and do you remember the not least famous Ratatouille.

Some suburbs are a bit less secure, but no more than any big city with such a large diversity of peoples.

Certainly one of the nicest Mediterranean big city.

And in 2014 the delinquency decreased by up to 80%.

Awesome place! Family friendly! People are incredible

The real problems there in Marseille come from the Italian implantation, which has been made mess for more than one century.
It's called he Napoli of France, but hopefully most secure than Napoli.
For me coming from Sweden I's still nice to be there, but avoiding relationships with Italian diaspora.

Welcome to Marseille, the Muslim capital of Europe 2015.

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14Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Though the inner-city center isn't that bad, many of the outlying neighborhoods Rotterdam, much like Amsterdam, has seen huge numbers of migration over the last 30 years (North-Africans/Eastern Europeans) - often leaving many of the neighborhoods a little run-down in comparison. Unlike Amsterdam, however, Rotterdam is not the Dutch poster-child to tourists, thus leaving the level of control far lower than Amsterdam would.

There are a number of minor slip-ups here and there, and the occasional junk that wants to make a run with your cash, but that's as to be expected. Though it's higher I'm Rotterdam than in the rest of the country, hard-violence and serious robbery are still very low. Just make sure to avoid the bad neighborhoods at night and leave the loud, drunk hooligans and the likes alone, don't draw their ire. Rotterdam isn't as bad as many other cities listed here in comparison. However, in comparison with the rest of the country, it's by far the most dangerous. - fyreNL

Rotterdam is most bad city of holland and you will be insulted or assaulted if you are gay by marrocan people.

More then half of the cities youth is part of the street culture. It's not a very big city and the worst in Rotterdam is the south where you won't come as a tourist. Violence is normal in Rotterdam but you won't die.

Wow not too dangerous but dangerous

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15Liverpool (UK)

Reading the comments on this post infuriates me. Most of these comments are full of ignorance and hatred, there's also a lot of bad spelling. I've grown up in Liverpool and I'm the first person to admit that it's far from perfect, however I'm so proud of the mix of cultures we have here were a diverse city and for the most part, very welcoming. Seeing people comment about how there's too many Muslims or too many 'foreigners' is sad because that's the beauty of the city. Before commenting on how scouters are self righteous uneducated asses, maybe you should take a look at your own spelling and ignorant views before judging a city that welcomes diversity.

Still growing up here and faced with threats everyday, today I had two dogs set on my English bull just because I apparently looked at him funny.

Liverpool is just an old hole full of unemployed former harbor workers who now spend their time getting drunk and getting into fights. Attempts to modernize it have been made, but it remains a hellhole.

Was there over the weekend. Chaos. Kicked off in the street, skinheads. Went to the pub, kicked off again. Then again 20 minutes later. Incendiary.

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16Paris (France)

The major problem of Paris is the pickpockets, only in crowded touristic areas and not everywhere like certain people here try to argue.

Those pickpockets, robbers etc.. Are mainly coming from Eastern Europe and Italy, like in lots of big touristic city, and why more in Paris because it is enough close to those countries and easy accessible.

For the rest Paris is Paris, the most visited ans beautiful capital city in the world.

And I want to thank French people, from the heart of any American citizen, for Lafayette and Statue of Liberty. ;-))

Paris is a big white hole. I lived in the suburbs for a year and prior to that lived in London. La scar -french chavs in segio taichini track suits with chavs dogs trying to look hard. Ethnic tensions that are verging on a race war. My Gfriend and I were a mixed couple me white and she black and we got nothing but trouble the whole time. A girl who I was working with got raped and I was mugged by Arab gangs twice! I saw violence everywhere. The list is endless. Dirty with nasty and rude people. Hello on earth. Avoid this place. It may of been nice 30 or so years ago but now it's a hole.

Again, it is the Muslim people. They are the problem! The biggest mistake the Western world could have done was to allow Muslims HORRIBLE people! TERRIBLE!

Paris really went down in my estimation when I saw that tape on you tube ("shocking moment woman is robbed at cashpoint..." which indeed showed two girls (who looked like gypsies) attacking and robbing a woman who was taking money from a woman at a cashpoint machine. The most disgusting thing about it was not that detestable crime, but the way the other people waiting to use the cashpoint just stood there and watched it all, without offering to help the woman or step in at all. If people in Paris react like that when someone is being violently robbed next to them, then they deserve to have streets that are not safe to walk in and public transport not fit to use. Contrast that video with another on YouTube ("mob owns purse snatcher") which shows what happened in a city in China when two youths on a motorbike snatched a bag from a woman pedestrian. At least in that city the local people showed themselves to be good citizens and good Samartians who certainly will not stand by and watch, ...more

Just too much pickpockets

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17Odessa (Ukraine)

Its one of the most mafia cities, I never seen like this one. I have terrible experience and got rub by police mafia.

Tough city, most people just looked pissed off while the rest look crazy.

I never had problems in Odessa. Only problems are corrupted cops wanting to steal your cash.

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18Riga (Latvia)

"It's full of Nazis" What?! No it is not. I am originally Edinburgh and have lived in Riga for 18 months and have never been or felt threatened, experienced or witnessed any crime. The worst thing you will experience is beggars around the central market.

Beautiful city, awesome people! Well, most people who writing here never go abroad, I believe that they even not 19 years old. Nothing bad I could say about Riga. Yes, there is some parts of city in bad condition, but it's everywhere like that - Berlin, London, Paris etc.
Nazi? Com'on.. Stop watching T.V. people! Go there, enjoy and feel free!

The city has few historically poor neighbourhoods, which are not so far away from city centre and that's why there is a feeling of not so well-off people walking around, although these might just probably be some random Russian neds, but due to particular areas' run-down look, the city gives a feeling of not so safe place, even though the general level of crime has decreased dramatically there, still you should better avoid walking alone in the night in the areas to the south and east of city centre.

It is a very nice city, and crime rate is low. Be polite and nice to people, and keep yourself in the city center at night - where people are. Normally this is one of the safest cities in Europe.

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19Seville (Spain)

There are many shootings and assaults here, this side of the town is full of drugs, police doesn't enter here because they are afraid of being killed.

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20Prague (Czech Republic)

Prague is the most beautiful places I have been. I haven't seen anything bad. Guys are mostly rude and covered. I don't think they would do anything. Every touristic places has some pickpocketing. I haven't seen any but there might be. People are lovely there.

I'm a scotsman who visits here very regularly: beautiful city! Biggest problem are the taxi drivers, who will rip you off unless of a reputable taxi company (ask the locals, who are super-friendly. bars will generally be happy to call a taxi for you). also, there are many on-street drug dealers and pimps/ sex show touts around the bottom end of wenceslas square once the sun goes down, who will pester you for business. do not trust these people, who will rip you off mercilessly! And do you really wanna go see a show with a pregnant dwarf and a monkey? I sheet you not! A respectful "no thanks" generally suffices, and they generally will leave you alone. however, if you get angry with them, there's a chance that you could get into problems with them... And the police won't help, who I assume get kick-backs! Street drug dealers operate under the noses of the nearby police!

Prague is relatively safe. Not much violence. Folks are loud often, dumb tourists are even louder;P Good night transport. Though people can be quite rude. If you get into trouble, don't expect anyone helping you. Medical emergency can be ridiculously ignorant if you are not "bleeding from the neck". Police in streets will try to help even if they don't speak english.
Don't exchange currency with anyone in the streets. Don't leave your stuff unattended. Keep your bags and pockets sealed. Don't leave receipt after withdrawing cash in an ATM.
You can be more less relaxed with locals. Even drunks will try to be nice:) But keep your eyes peeled and your wallet safe.

No it's not very unsafe. The only disturbing things are young tourist people in stampedes clad in funny hats and who are pissed and make lots of noise but that's hardly dangerous... - ChatonNoir

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