The Worlds Most and Least Peaceful Countries in 2016 - What is Your Country's Ranking?

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. It ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.  The report is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Here are some salient of the facts from this years report:

  • Violence costs 13.3% of the world GDP, 13.6 trillion dollars.  That means that it costs each person in the world $1,876 a year.                      
  • The world became slightly less peaceful in 2016, with the average GPI country score deteriorating by 0.53%.                    
  • Over the past year, 81 countries improved their peacefulness, while the opposite happened in 79 other countries. The average deterioration was larger than the average improvement, accounting for the global drop in score.                    
  • The impact of terrorism deteriorated in 77 countries, while improving in 48 other countries. Only 37 of the 163 countries measured had no impact of terrorism. The largest decrease in this indicator was in the Middle East and North Africa.
  •  The largest improvement was recorded in the UN Peacekeeping funding and security officers and police indicators, while the largest deterioration occurred in terrorism impact and political instability.             

The 15 Most Peaceful Countries in the World: 

1.   Iceland

2.  Denmark

3.  Austria

4.  New Zealand

5.  Portugal

6.  Czech Republic

7.   Switzerland

8.   Canada

9.   Japan

10.  Slovenia

11.   Finland

12.   Ireland

13.   Bhutan

14.   Sweden

15.   Australia

The 10 Least Peaceful Countries in the World: 

153.  Pakistan

154.  Libya

155.  Sudan                    

156.  Ukraine                    

157.  Central African Republic

158.   Yemen

159.   Somalia                    

160.   Afghanistan

161.    Iraq

162.  South Sudan

163.   Syria

The United States is ranked at 103, which is considered to be a medium level of peacefulness. The United Kingdom is ranked at 47 on the list, following France which is ranked at 46.

This report presents the most comprehensive analysis yet on the trends in peace and violence over the last ten years.

To see the full report you can Click Here.