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The deadliest places for Brits: The countries where you are most likely to suffer a fatal accident

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Every year, millions of Britons pack their suitcases to spend a holiday relaxing by sandy beaches or skiing down mountains – but for some, the vacations have a tragic end.

Scores of Britons have never come home to their families, with more than 160 people drowning, suffering fatal accidents or meeting their end in road crashes last year alone.

For the past three years, Spain has consistently been the deadliest country for Britons, with the gap-year hotspot Thailand coming a close second, according to UK Foreign Office figures.

Last year, 24 Britons died in a fatal accident, while 16 drowned and another 11 died in a road traffic accident in Spain – far more than other countries explored by Brits.

Here MailOnline takes a look at the countries where Britons have suffered lethal misfortune.

FATAL ACCIDENTS

This map shows where Britons have died in fatal accidents in 2022. Figures show Britons are most likely to suffer a fatal accident in Spain than any other county in the world

This map shows where Britons have died in fatal accidents in 2022. Figures show Britons are most likely to suffer a fatal accident in Spain than any other county in the world

Britons are more likely to suffer a fatal accident in Spain than any other county in the world, figures show. 

Last year, the number of British victims who died as a result of an accident in Spain more than doubled, with 24 people dying in 2022 compared to ten in 2021.

Meanwhile, France had the second-highest number of deaths last year, with 16 people losing their lives after suffering fatal accidents, the foreign office figures show.

In Turkey, an increasingly popular holiday destination for Brits wanting to see some sun, 13 people were killed in accidents. And in the United States and Australia, 12 Britons suffered the same tragic end.

In Thailand, which is known for stunning beaches and a popular spot for Gap Year students, and Italy, eight people died last year in accidents. And in Egypt, six people suffered the same fate.

The figures also reveal that in 47 countries, including Greece, Germany, Canada and Norway, between one and five people have died as a result of a fatal accident.

Brits suffer more fatal accidents in Spain than any other county (file image of Spanish island Menorca)

Brits suffer more fatal accidents in Spain than any other county (file image of Spanish island Menorca)

DROWNINGS

At least 60 Brits drowned in countries across the world last year - the highest number being in Spain with 16 losing their lives

At least 60 Brits drowned in countries across the world last year – the highest number being in Spain with 16 losing their lives

Millions of Britons each year travel to have a relaxing holiday by a beach or pool – but for some, their vacation can turn fatal.

At least 60 Brits drowned in countries across the world last year – the highest number being in Spain with 16 losing their lives.

Greece had the second-highest number of drownings with seven Brits dying last year, while six others drowned in France. 

The Foreign Office figures also show that in 32 countries, including Cyprus, Thailand, Turkey and Portugal, between and five Britons drowned last year.

ROAD CRASHES 

The figures also show that Spain is again the deadliest country for Brits to visit in terms of dying in a crash on the road

The figures also show that Spain is again the deadliest country for Brits to visit in terms of dying in a crash on the road

The figures also show that Spain is again the deadliest country for Brits to visit in terms of dying in a crash on the road.

Some 11 Britons died in a road traffic accident while visiting Spain last year, which is double the number killed in 2020.

Thailand – a country that is popular with British tourists – was the second deadliest location, with ten Britons dying there last year in crashes.

Meanwhile, ten Britons also died in the United States in road crashes. 

The Foreign Office figures also showed that in 18 countries, including Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and the Philippines, there were between one to five Britons who were killed in road traffic accidents.

The figures also show that Spain is again the deadliest country for Brits to visit in terms of dying in a crash on the road (file image of Spanish island Menorca)

The figures also show that Spain is again the deadliest country for Brits to visit in terms of dying in a crash on the road (file image of Spanish island Menorca)

FATAL ACCIDENTS 2022 

Figures show the number of Britons killed in fatal accidents in 2022

(Country – Number killed)

Spain – 24 

France – 16

Turkey – 13

United States – 12

Thailand – 8

Australia – 12

Italy – 8

Egypt – 6

Greece – Fewer than 5 

Germany – Fewer than 5 

Cyprus – Fewer than 5

South Africa – Fewer than 5

Netherlands – Fewer than 5

New Zealand – Fewer than 5

Ireland – Fewer than 5

Belgium – Fewer than 5

Ukraine – Fewer than 5

Ecuador – Fewer than 5

Portugal – Fewer than 5

United Arab Emirates – Fewer than 5

Bulgaria – Fewer than 5

Mexico – Fewer than 5

Malta – Fewer than 5

Saudi Arabia – Fewer than 5

Sri Lanka – Fewer than 5

Canada – Fewer than 5

Switzerland – Fewer than 5

Norway – Fewer than 5

Tanzania – Fewer than 5

Peru – Fewer than 5

Bangladesh – Fewer than 5

Jordan – Fewer than 5

Albania – Fewer than 5

India – Fewer than 5

Indonesia – Fewer than 5

Barbados – Fewer than 5

Japan – Fewer than 5

Vietnam – Fewer than 5

Cambodia – Fewer than 5

China – Fewer than 5

Morocco – Fewer than 5

Austria – Fewer than 5

Hong Kong – Fewer than 5

Czech Republic – Fewer than 5

Ghana – Fewer than 5

Nigeria – Fewer than 5

Croatia – Fewer than 5

Iraq – Fewer than 5

Oman – Fewer than 5

St Lucia – Fewer than 5

Sweden – Fewer than 5

Angola – Fewer than 5

Botswana – Fewer than 5

Finland – Fewer than 5

Georgia – Fewer than 5

DROWNINGS IN 2022 

Figures show the number of Britons who drowned while abroad in 2022

(Country – Number killed)

Spain – 16

Greece – 7

France – 6

Germany – Fewer than 5

Cyprus – Fewer than 5

South Africa – Fewer than 5

Netherlands – Fewer than 5

New Zealand – Fewer than 5

Turkey – Fewer than 5

Australia – Fewer than 5

Italy – Fewer than 5

Philippines – Fewer than 5

Zimbabwe – Fewer than 5

Thailand – Fewer than 5

Portugal – Fewer than 5

United Arab Emirates – Fewer than 5

Bulgaria – Fewer than 5

Mexico – Fewer than 5

Malta – Fewer than 5

Saudi Arabia – Fewer than 5

Sri Lanka – Fewer than 5

Canada – Fewer than 5

Switzerland – Fewer than 5

Norway – Fewer than 5

Tanzania – Fewer than 5

Peru – Fewer than 5

Bangladesh – Fewer than 5

Jordan – Fewer than 5

Albania – Fewer than 5

Egypt – Fewer than 5

Denmark – Fewer than 5

Mauritius – Fewer than 5

Dominican Republic – Fewer than 5

Uganda – Fewer than 5

Algeria – Fewer than 5

FATAL ROAD CRASHES 2022 

Figures show the number of Britons killed in fatal road crashes in 2022

(Country – Number killed)

Spain – 11

Thailand – 10 

United States – 10

Germany – Fewer than 5

Cyprus – Fewer than 5

South Africa – Fewer than 5

Netherlands – Fewer than 5

New Zealand – Fewer than 5

Turkey – Fewer than 5

Australia – Fewer than 5

Italy – Fewer than 5

Philippines – Fewer than 5

Zimbabwe – Fewer than 5

Greece – Fewer than 5

France – Fewer than 5

Ireland – Fewer than 5

Belgium – Fewer than 5

Ukraine – Fewer than 5

Ecuador – Fewer than 5

Jamaica – Fewer than 5

Nepal – Fewer than 5

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