The Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute of Economics and Peace shows the relative level of peace in 162 countries. They ranked the countries based on 22 different indicators, including level of violent crime ,relations with neighboring countries, the absence of war, contribution to U.N peace keeping mission, schooling etc. The low GPI index score indicates more peaceful countries.
In a ranking of 163 countries Syria has been named the least peaceful, followed by Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. India ranked 141 on the GPI. India has moved up two position, but the study said the country’s score has deteriorated over the past year- which means the slight rise in ranking could be due to worse performance of others.
Within South Asia, Bhutan has ranked best (13th overall rank). The report said India’s scores for ongoing domestic and international conflict and militarization have deteriorated slightly. The country remains vulnerable to acts of terror and security threats at its shared border with Pakistan. Violence impacted Indi’s economy by USD 679.80 billion in 2016, 9% of India’s GDP or USD 525 per person.
According to the report, world became a less peaceful in the coming years, mainly on account of the increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability. Rankings of 81 countries have improved but deterioration in another 79 outweighed these gains.
And now there are fewer countries in the world which can be considered truly at peace- In other words, not engaged in any conflicts either internally or externally.
Followings list of 10 most peaceful countries in the world.
Iceland, GPI Score: 1.192 : According to Global Peace Index for the year 2017, Iceland is the most peaceful country to live. The country has high level democracy, gender equality and low incarceration. The literacy rate in the country is 99% and there is no tuition fee for education. The Icelanders are also one of well-informed people in the world. They are also top in reading literacy and book publication. There is female presence in politics, education, health and employment in Iceland. It is also the first European country to elect a female President, Vigdis Finnbogadottir became the fourth President of Iceland in 1980. Iceland is also free from mosquitoes because they can’t thrive in Icelandic conditions.
Denmark is a least corrupt and happiest country in the world. The high literacy rate, advanced health care systems, high standard of living and prosperity make Denmark as an exceptionally good country to live in.
Denmark, GPI Score: 1.246 : This Nordic country also ranked among the top countries with gender equality. This implies strong presence of women in political empowerment, health and education in Denmark. The high level social welfare in Denmark promises free education and health care. It helps the Danes to achieve work-life balance due to high taxation in the country. The residents of Copenhagen (most populated city in Denmark) prefer to ride bicycles or walking to reach their school or workplace. It is to make the city carbon-neutral by the year 2025.
Austria, GPI Score: 1.278 : This European country is one of best place to live because the country has very low crime and homicide rate. Austria is also known for its cleanliness and strict recycling law to protect the environment.
New Zealand, GPI Score: 1.287 : New Zealand has a truly advanced social progress, low incarceration and