There’s a neat website, the Institute of Economics and Peace’s Vision of Humanity, with a map of the world which gives the Global Peace Index (GPI) of countries. The lower the numerical GPI, the more peaceful the country. It’s an interactive map because you can put your cursor on any spot on the map and see the GPI of that country.
By “peace” is meant the “absence of violence.” The GPI is derived from a composite set of 5 indicators: violent crime, homicides, incarceration rates, policing, and availability of small arms.
Of the world’s 153 countries, the 10 most peaceful countries are:
- Iceland: 1.148 GPI score
- New Zealand: 1.279
- Japan: 1.287
- Denmark: 1.289
- Czech Republic: 1.320
- Austria: 1.337
- Finland: 1.353
- Canada: 1.355
- Norway: 1.356
- Slovenia: 1.358
The 10 least peaceful countries are:
- Somalia: 3.379
- Iraq: 3.296
- Sudan: 3.223
- Afghanistan: 3.212
- North Korea: 3.092
- Congo: 3.016
- Russia: 2.966
- Pakistan: 2.905
- Israel: 2.901
- Central African Republic: 2.869
Although peace in the United States has been on the increase, recording an 8% improvement since 1991, our country still ranks only in the middle of the world’s countries in peace and disorder, with a GPI rank of 82 (out of 153) and a GPI score of 2.063.
Even Greece and Egypt are judged more peaceful than the U.S.! Dspite Greece’s bankruptcy and anti-austerity riots, the country has a GPI rank of 65 and a GPI score of 1.947. And in spite of Egypt’s recent massive anti-government demonstrations, the country still scored a GPI rank of 73 and a score of 2.023.
The GPI study found that societies that are highly peaceful also perform exceptionally well in other ways. The most peaceful countries also have higher per capita income, higher levels of well-being, more freedom, perform better at sustainability, and appear to have a more equitable distribution of social spending. The study also found a positive correlation between peace and a collection of other factors — including access to basic services, education, health, and opportunity to succeed.
America’s GPI score will surely worsen, as our national debt piles up even more above the present $14+ trillion, government becomes increasingly insolvent, necessitating more cuts in spending and entitlement….
On the bright side, at least you’ll know which country to move to, if you have the means to bail out of the coming maelstrom. [bitter laugh]
CLICK HERE for the GPI website.