Risk consultancy classifies Mexico as third most dangerous in the world

British risk assessment consultant Verisk Maplecroft released a study on 1 December 2016 ranking Mexico as the third most dangerous country in the world (El Semanario and El Universal). The study noted the presence of drug cartels and weak institutions have led to a higher risk of suffering violent crime in Mexico. Verisk Maplecroft estimated the country's annual economic loss due to violence to total around US$134 billion. Only Afghanistan and Guatemala were calculated to be more violent than Mexico, and overall Latin America was named as the most dangerous region in the world (El Semanario and El Universal)