What is the Global Peace Index?
The Institute for Economics and Peace published its 13th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, the report focused on the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation. New this year was an analysis of trends in Positive Peace. The good news: there was a slight uptick in global peace this year, the first ascent in five years. Key findings include Afghanistan edging out Syria as the least peaceful nation. Read on to find out the top 20 countries.
Northern lights, fjords, and Arctic skies are among Norway’s symbols of beauty and peace. Norway was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency because it gives high priority to international non-proliferation efforts. Verdant, safe, and branded as one the happiest places to live, Norway boasts a low crime rate and a high number of electric cars, plus it’s home to polar bears and reindeer.
The quality of life in Sweden is very high and it tied with Belgium, also No 18. Like other Nordic countries, Sweden has universal health care, free higher education, and pensions are doled out by the government. In addition, the state delivers subsidised housing and childcare and residents of this Scandinavian county have great access to clean drinking water. A country with a big heart, this is the reason why Swedes work only six hours per day.