May 30, 2007

Ranking: The 121 most peaceful countries

Posted in Education, Life, Media, News, Peace, Politics, Society at 11:25 pm by deadlikeme

global-peace.jpgThe Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the Global Peace Index today.

121 countries around the world were ranked according to their peacefulness and the drivers that create and sustain their peace. The EIU measured the countries’ peacefulness based on 24 indicators.

Rank      Country           

    1          Norway        
    2     New Zealand         
    3         Denmark         
    4         Ireland         
    5           Japan         
    6         Finland         
    7          Sweden         
    8          Canada         
    9        Portugal         
    10        Austria

For the full list, including details on all peace indicators go here.

Countries like Afghanistan and North Korea were not included because reliable data for all 24 indicators was not available.

The United States ranked 96th.

Some conclusions of the Global Peace Index are:

– Peace is correlated to indicators such as income, schooling and the level of regional integration
– Peaceful countries often shared high levels of transparency of government and low corruption
– Small, stable countries which are part of regional blocs are most likely to get a higher ranking

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