22 June 2012
The Institute for Economics and Peace in its sixth annual Global Peace Index published last week has assessed the World to be a more peaceful place than last year – not that many have a choice on where to live!
This year the Index scores 158 countries. It uses 23 indicators to assess the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation. The data is collated in the hope that it will help governments create more peaceful societies.
Iceland for the second year in a row is the most peaceful country.
New Zealand holds on to second place – which it shares with Denmark. ( New Zealand was ranked as the most peaceful country in both 2009 and 2010.)
Not surprisingly Syria is the country that has dropped most since last year, falling 30 places to 147th
With the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka moved up 30 places to 103rd. Australia is ranked 22nd.
Western Europe is substantially more peaceful than any other region. Conversely, the Middle East and North Africa have taking over from Sub Saharan Africa as the least peaceful. Asia Pacific was the most improved region.
By some unfathomable calculation, a survey finding is that world economies would be US$ 9 trillion better off if there was complete peace.
The ten most peaceful countries are: