By Ken Hegan for MSN

ZombielandIn the nick of time, I’ve discovered that May is Zombie Appreciation Month. Why May? According to the Zombie Research Society, “many films important to the evolution of the modern zombie are set in the month of May, most notably George Romero’s original 1968 zombie classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.”We’re also a few weeks away from the release of the big-budget horror film, WORLD WAR Z featuring Brad Pitt running for his life from superfast zombies that can swarm like ants and crawl on top of each other to scale huge walls (!).

So it’s the perfect time to discuss zombie preparation. Earlier this week I revealed the World’s Worst Airports for a Zombie Outbreak (#1 is Frankfurt and #2 is Atlanta). So today let’s focus on the positive.

The Zombie Research Society (which boasts over 200,000 living members) has created a helpful list of the ten most zombie-proof countries. Did your country make the list? Read on!

To the society’s list of 10 most zombie-proof countries below, I’ve highlighted a zombie film from each nation. Plus I’ve suggested where/how to have fun while other countries are overrun by the sprinting, bloodthirsty dead. Enjoy!




Sweden“A favorably small population and many natural defenses help Sweden capture the tenth spot. Its military is well trained, well equipped, and solely focused on national defense,” writes the Zombie Research Society.

Notable zombie film: ZON 261 in which a town in the south of Sweden is isolated after an zombie outbreak.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Bang your head at the Sweden Rock Festival (June 5-8th).


Argentina“The eighth largest country in the world by land mass, Argentina is sandwiched by the Andes Mountains and Atlantic Ocean. Its urbanization keeps it from climbing higher on the list.”

Notable zombie film: INCIDENTE is a [Rec]-like found footage horror film in which video journalists are attacked in an abandoned factory.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Seize the day, grab your sweetheart, and frolic in an hourly ‘telo’ love hotel.


Findland“The Finnish benefit from being surrounded by other countries strong in zombie survivability, and their low population density of just 41 people per square mile doesn’t hurt either.”

Notable zombie film: WAR OF THE DEAD in which a platoon of American and Finnish soldiers, driven deep into a Russian forest, discover a terrifying secret. Could it be…zombies?

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Enjoy the sweet sounds of the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival (July 2-7).


Norway“Norway came in second in Gold Medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics, showing they know how to thrive in icy conditions. A lot of snowy land and a few hearty people is a recipe for survival.”

Notable zombie film: DEAD SNOW (‘Død snø’) in which “a ski vacation turns horrific” as a group of students are attacked by Nazi zombies.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Test your endurance and bravery during Extreme Sports Week (June 23-30).


Bolivia“With mountains to protect from their neighbors, and the worst economy in South America, Bolivian’s are used to managing without modern conveniences and can ably fend for themselves.”

Notable zombie film: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE which features a hungry trio of orphaned teenage cannibals.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: You’ll need short term energy to defeat the zombie hordes, so perhaps take a trip down Route 36 (open year round).


Kazakhstan“Borat made the whole world laugh at this little country, but Kazakhstan may get the last laugh. The rugged terrain, formidable climate and an extremely low population density are key survival factors.”

Notable zombie film: No movies (yet). But the video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, does let players kill zombies in Kazakhstan. So it’s got that going for it.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Enjoy the Chabana (cowboy) festival in which Kazakh and Kyrgyz herders gather to make merry and chase after women riding horses (August).


Russia“Low population density, huge land barriers, and a battle-tested people give Russia the number four spot. If the Nazis couldn’t take Leningrad, there’s no reason to think Nazi zombies will.”

Notable zombie film: WINTER OF THE DEAD in which a vicious storm hits Russia…in July. “Amidst the icy storm, something raises its hideous head – a Russian zombie – senseless and merciless.”

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Watch the debut of World War Z at the Moscow Film Festival (June 20-29).


USA“With over eighty-three people per square mile, the U.S. is considerably more dense than any other country in the top five, but its heavily armed citizenship is more ready for battle than most.”

Notable zombie film: ZOMBIELAND in which a shy student, two sisters, and a gun-toting tough guy join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. Watch for a killer cameo by Bill Murray.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Compete in the National Hollerin’ Contest (Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina on June 18th).


Canada“Though its thirty-five million residents are packed along a thin strip at the country’s southern border, gun ownership is common, and there’s plenty of room to head north when the stuff hits the fan.”

Notable zombie film: FIDO, a ’50s satire in which a boy’s best friend is also his family’s zombie slave.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Toast every living human you know at the Montreal Beer Festival (on now to June 2nd).


Australia“This vast nation grabs the top spot because of its population density of just 7.5 people per square mile, and the fact that it has the world’s biggest moat surrounding it on all sides.”

Notable zombie film: UNDEAD in which a quaint Aussie fishing village is hit by meteorites that turn the locals into ravenous zombies.

Fun thing to do while zombies attack other countries: Coast to coast bike ride! (June 22 – 29).

How about you…where will you be (and what’s your plan) for the coming zombie apocalypse?

— Ken Hegan

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Photo of zombie cheerleader at the Zombieland premiere by Peter Brooker / Rex Features. The society’s original list can be read here