Of the 207 countries measured, overall risk for film-makers in 37 countries decreased slightly from 2006 to 2007.
The annual map measures the threats of crime and corruption, terrorism, kidnap and ransom, disease and substandard medical care in locations where film-makers might be shooting abroad. Each territory is assigned a risk rating of one to five, and Aon also warns film-makers of countries that pose significant risks because of political violence, instability and civil war. Terrorist activities and extreme weather patterns (for example, hurricanes) also impact a country's ranking.
As expected, europe remains and popular and stable location for filming, with the UK doing especially well thanks to its insurance culture.
'In addition to improvements in economic and political conditions, a number of European countries are developing into attractive film locales,' said Peter Robey, president of international operations for Aon/Albert G. Ruben. 'Hungary and the Czech Republic are becoming prominent destinations, with the benefits of lower labour rates and picturesque settings. Looking forward, Romania and Bulgaria appear to be making concerted efforts to improve their film-related infrastructures in pushes to attract filmmakers.'
Risk increased in nine countries: Croatia, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.
The countries with the most risk (overall 5 rankings) are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (Kinshasa), Ivory Coast, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
The countries with the least risk (1 rankings) are: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.