The World’s Most and Least Peaceful Countries [Infographic]
IN FOCUS, 31 Jul 2017
The 2017 Global Peace Index has found that the world has become a slightly safer place over the past year. However, the political fallout and deep rooted division brought on by the US presidential election campaign has led to a deterioration of peace levels in North America. Out of all countries in the study, the U.S. experienced the greatest decline in peace, falling 11 places to 114th most-peaceful country out of the 161 in the index. Iceland was named the world’s most peaceful nation this year, ahead of New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.
At the opposite end of the scale, unsurprisingly, peace levels were lowest in Syria whose civil war is still raging unabated. It is preceded in the ranking by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. According to the index, the economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2016 amounted to $14.3 trillion in purchasing power parity terms, equivalent to 12.6 percent of the world’s GDP or $1,953 for every person.
Niall McCarthy – Data journalist covering technological, societal and media topics.
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