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Global Peace Index

Source visionofhumanity.org
Date08 May 2018

This is the twelfth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The GPI covers 99.7% of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation.

The Global Peace Index 2018 report finds that the global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27% over the last year. This is the fourth successive year of deterioration, finding that 92 countries have deteriorated, while 71 countries have improved. Nations considered more peaceful have lower index scores.

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. other countries in top five are New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years. Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia comprise the remaining least peaceful countries.The four most peaceful regions are Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and South America. The Middle East and North Africa remained the world’s least peaceful region in 2018

Top five countries with the largest improvements in peace are The Gambia (+0.222), Syria (+0.214), Burundi (+0.153), Palestine (+0.153), and Singapore (+0.152). Top five countries with the largest deteriorations in peace are Qatar (-0.205), Congo (-0.190), Togo (-0.165), Myanmar (-0.123), and Turkey (-0.121).

Top gainers in ranking are The Gambia (+35), United Arab Emirates (+20), Liberia (+19), Angola (+17), and Kuwait(+16). Top losers are Togo (-35), Qatar (-26), Myanmar (-18), United Kingdom (-16), and Kosovo (-16).

Country Peace Index (2018) Peace Index (2017) Change
RankScoreRankScoreRank Score
Iceland11.09611.1110+0.015
New Zealand21.19221.2410+0.049
Austria31.27441.265+1-0.009
Portugal41.31831.258-1-0.060
Denmark51.35351.3370-0.016
Canada61.37281.371+2-0.001
Czech Republic71.38161.360-1-0.021
Singapore81.382211.534+13+0.152
Japan91.391101.408+1+0.017
Ireland101.393101.4080+0.015
Slovenia111.39671.364-4-0.032
Switzerland121.40791.373-3-0.034
Australia131.435121.425-1-0.010
Sweden141.502181.516+4+0.014
Finland151.506171.515+2+0.009
Norway161.519141.486-2-0.033
Germany171.531161.500-1-0.031
Hungary171.531151.494-2-0.037
Bhutan191.545131.474-6-0.071
Mauritius201.548221.547+2-0.001
Belgium211.560191.525-2-0.035
Slovakia221.568261.611+4+0.043
Netherlands231.574191.525-4-0.049
Romania241.596251.600+1+0.004
Malaysia251.619291.637+4+0.018
Bulgaria261.635281.631+2-0.004
Croatia271.639311.665+4+0.026
Chile281.649241.595-4-0.054
Botswana291.659271.622-2-0.037
Spain301.678231.568-7-0.110
Latvia311.689321.670+1-0.019
Poland321.727331.676+1-0.051
Estonia331.732361.712+3-0.020
Taiwan341.736401.782+6+0.046
Sierra Leone351.740391.760+4+0.020
Lithuania361.749371.732+1-0.017
Uruguay371.761351.709-2-0.052
Italy381.766381.7370-0.029
Madagascar381.766441.797+6+0.031
Costa Rica401.767341.701-6-0.066
Ghana411.772431.793+2+0.021
Kuwait421.799581.909+16+0.110
Namibia431.806501.838+7+0.032
Malawi441.811481.825+4+0.014
United Arab Emirates451.820651.944+20+0.124
Laos461.821451.800-1-0.021
Mongolia461.821461.8010-0.020
Zambia481.822411.786-7-0.036
South Korea491.823471.823-20.000
Panama501.826491.835-1+0.009
Tanzania511.837541.876+3+0.039
Albania521.849571.908+5+0.059
Senegal521.849601.929+8+0.080
Serbia541.851561.888+2+0.037
Indonesia551.853521.850-3-0.003
Qatar561.869301.664-26-0.205
United Kingdom571.876411.786-16-0.090
Montenegro581.893671.950+9+0.057
Timor-Leste591.895531.866-6-0.029
Vietnam601.905591.919-1+0.014
France611.909511.839-10-0.070
Cyprus621.913641.940+2+0.027
Liberia631.931822.023+19+0.092
Moldova641.939621.938-2-0.001
Equatorial Guinea651.946611.930-4-0.016
Argentina661.947551.880-11-0.067
Sri Lanka671.954802.019+13+0.065
Nicaragua681.960742.002+6+0.042
Benin691.973792.014+10+0.041
Kazakhstan701.974721.992+2+0.018
Morocco711.979752.004+4+0.025
Swaziland721.980772.010+5+0.030
Oman731.984701.983-3-0.001
Peru741.986711.986-30.000
Ecuador751.987661.948-9-0.039
The Gambia761.9891102.211+34+0.222
Paraguay771.997681.961-9-0.036
Tunisia781.998691.977-9-0.021
Greece792.020731.998-6-0.022
Burkina Faso802.029912.070+11+0.041
Cuba812.037882.056+7+0.019
Guyana822.043812.021-1-0.022
Angola832.0481002.116+17+0.068
Nepal842.053932.080+9+0.027
Trinidad and Tobago842.053972.095+13+0.042
Mozambique862.056782.013-8-0.043
Macedonia (FYR)872.0581022.133+15+0.075
Haiti882.064832.026-5-0.038
Bosnia and Herzegovina892.065842.035-5-0.030
Jamaica902.068922.072+2+0.004
Dominican Republic912.073992.114+8+0.041
Kosovo922.078762.007-16-0.071
Bangladesh932.084842.035-9-0.049
Bolivia942.092862.045-8-0.047
Gabon952.099872.052-8-0.047
Guinea962.101962.0890-0.012
Cambodia962.101892.065-7-0.036
Jordan982.104952.087-3-0.017
Togo982.104631.939-35-0.165
Papua New Guinea1002.109972.095-3-0.014
Belarus1012.1121032.141+2+0.029
Georgia1022.130942.084-8-0.046
Rwanda1032.1401132.227+10+0.087
Lesotho1042.144902.066-14-0.078
Uzbekistan1042.1441012.132-3-0.012
Brazil1062.1601082.199+2+0.039
Uganda1072.1681052.182-2+0.014
Kyrgyz Republic1082.1811112.216+3+0.035
Algeria1092.1821092.2010+0.019
Cote d' Ivoire1102.2071212.307+11+0.100
Guatemala1112.2141172.245+6+0.031
China1122.2431162.242+4-0.001
Thailand1132.2591202.286+7+0.027
Tajikistan1142.2661182.263+4-0.003
Djibouti1152.2691072.196-8-0.073
Guinea-Bissau1162.2751222.309+6+0.034
El Salvador1162.2751152.239-1-0.036
Honduras1182.2821062.185-12-0.097
Turkmenistan1192.2831192.2700-0.013
Armenia1202.2871122.220-8-0.067
United States of America1212.3001142.232-7-0.068
Myanmar1222.3021042.179-18-0.123
Kenya1232.3151252.336+2+0.021
Zimbabwe1242.3261272.352+3+0.026
South Africa1252.3281232.324-2-0.004
Republic of the Congo1262.3431242.334-2-0.009
Mauritania1272.3551282.355+10.000
Niger1282.3591262.343-2-0.016
Saudi Arabia1292.4171332.474+4+0.057
Bahrain1302.4371312.404+1-0.033
Iran1312.4391292.364-2-0.075
Azerbaijan1322.4541322.4260-0.028
Cameroon1332.4841302.390-3-0.094
Burundi1342.4881412.641+7+0.153
Chad1352.4981352.4950-0.003
India1362.5041372.541+1+0.037
Philippines1372.5121382.555+1+0.043
Eritrea1382.5221362.505-2-0.017
Ethiopia1392.5241342.477-5-0.047
Mexico1402.5831422.646+2+0.063
Palestine1412.6211452.774+4+0.153
Egypt1422.6321392.583-3-0.049
Venezuela1432.6421432.6520+0.010
Mali1442.6861402.596-4-0.090
Colombia1452.7291462.777+1+0.048
Israel1462.7641442.707-2-0.057
Lebanon1472.7781482.782+1+0.004
Nigeria1482.8731492.849+1-0.024
Turkey1492.8981462.777-3-0.121
North Korea1502.9501502.9670+0.017
Pakistan1513.0791523.058+1-0.021
Ukraine1523.1131543.184+2+0.071
Sudan1533.1551553.213+2+0.058
Russia1543.1601513.047-3-0.113
Central African Republic1553.2361553.2130-0.023
Democratic Republic of the Congo1563.2511533.061-3-0.190
Libya1573.2621573.3280+0.066
Yemen1583.3051593.412+1+0.107
Somalia1593.3671583.387-1+0.020
Iraq1603.4251613.556+1+0.131
South Sudan1613.5081603.524-1+0.016
Afghanistan1623.5851623.5670-0.018
Syria1633.6001633.8140+0.214