When the World Goes to Shit, Here's Where Scientists Say You Should Go

Scientists have mapped out the countries that could potentially be your best bet at surviving the apocalypse.

World War III is brewing, Australia is on fire, China’s got a dangerous “mystery disease,” and the Jollibee Champ burger has been discontinued—if that isn’t a sign that the apocalypse isn’t on its way, we don’t know what is. It’s looking more and more likely that World War Z is on its way, and God help us if zombies are real. Luckily for us, scientists have mapped out the safes places to go to if the world’s theoretical shit happens to hit the fan—which is inevitable.

According to researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, these are the best countries to go to if ever the apocalypse arrives: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Malta, Japan, Cape Verde, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Madagascar, Cuba, Mauritius, Fiji, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Comoros, Solomon Islands, Jamaica, Philippines, and Vanuatu. 

That’s right, you’re not hallucinating—the Philippines somehow made it to the list.

The 20 countries were chosen based on good physical location, natural resources and (relatively) political harmony. All of the countries on the list are isolated islands with the resources and technology to be a practical refuge from world pandemics and a good place to rebuild civilization—but only if their borders are blocked.  

"Though carriers of disease can easily circumvent land borders, a closed self-sufficient island could harbor an isolated, technologically-adept population that could repopulate the Earth following a disaster,” said the researchers in the study. "Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was nations with high GDP (gross domestic product), that are self-sufficient in food and/or energy production, and are somewhat remote, that fared best."


It might be bizarre to consider the Philippines as a potential haven for the end of the world (when most of the time we resemble the start of it), but in retrospect, it makes sense: We’ve got the resources and geography to ride out a world crisis if we play our (hypothetical) cards right. Just pray the zombies don’t swim.

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