Is Rio de Janeiro Safe? (It is NOT what you imagine!)
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Rio is often in the spotlight for negative and film-like violent situations. From a police helicopter downed by gangsters to celebrities kidnapped, the dangers from Rio are as famous as the natural beauty of its panoramic landscapes. So, is Rio de Janeiro safe?

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Is Rio Really That Dangerous?
Depending on what you are comparing with. If your basis of comparison the Europan continent (what explains the enormous amount of Brazilians in Portugal), yes, Rio is dangerous. Many South-American capitals, like Buenos Aires, are also safer than Rio. But if you consider cities American cities like Baltimore, Detroit, or New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro is far safer.

In 2020, Rio had a homicide rate (20.4 per 100 000 inhabitants) even lower than Chicago, the 3rd largest city in the United States (24.3 murders per 100 000 residents).
One of the most striking aspects of Brazil is inequality, and just like in all its nuances, violence also does affect everywhere in the same way.

There are regions in Rio that are indeed violent, while others are far safer. 

First of all, remember that Rio de Janeiro has two meanings: it can be one of the 26 Brazilian states, or also the capital of the homonymous state.  I will talk mostly about the capital, but if there is any city you would like to know more about in particular, feel free to ask about it in the comment section.

The safest areas of Rio are in the South Zone. The tourist-friendly beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are considered safe during the day. At night there are issues with criminality as with most large cities, but nothing abnormal. Take the usual precautions and you should be fine.
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