GPI’s latest report from the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked 163 independent countries, which covers over 99 percent of the world’s population with Ghana coming 120 in the world out of 163 & 5th in Africa, a sign of peaceful nation as goes to the polls in Nov/Dec.

The world is a more dangerous place than it was a year ago according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The 10th edition of the report – the only statistical measure of its kind – makes it possible to rank 163 independent states based on how peaceful they are (or, conversely, how dangerous).

The 163 states cover over 99% of the world’s population and are assessed using 23 indicators, each banded or normalised on a scale of 1-5. The index measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarisation.

The index allows for analysis of individual geographical regions. Regional conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) intensified meaning the most dangerous countries in the world of 2015 became even more volatile. It’s startling that the current concentration of violence and conflict in MENA is so intense that when considered separately, the rest of the world’s average peace levels improved.

A DIVIDED WORLD 

Syria, South Sudan and Iraq are the most dangerous countries in the world. Other deeply

fragile states include Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Central African Republic. Pakistan and North Korea moved out of the top 10 while Ukraine is now ranked eighth due to the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. According to the report:

“The number of refugees and displaced persons has risen dramatically over the last decade, doubling to approximately 60 million people between 2007 and 2016, nearly 1% of the world’s population. There are now nine countries with more than 10% of their population displaced in some form; 20% of Somalia and South Sudan’s population respectively, and over 60% of Syria’s.”

Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region with Iceland, Denmark and

Austria the most peaceful countries in the world. However, despite Europe’s relative peacefulness, the average score in Europe deteriorated. This is due to terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels as well as the escalation of violence and instability in Turkey – a country which has also suffered deeply – now ranked 19th from 28th last year.

The largest improvement since 2016 was in

Central America and the Caribbean, while South America also made progress in its levels of peacefulness. MENA had the largest decline, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific respectively.

MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

Sort the table to view the ranking by either the most peaceful or the most dangerous countries in the world.

Rank Country Score

1  Syria 3.806

2 South Sudan 3.593

3 Iraq 3.57

4 Afghanistan 3.538

5 Somalia 3.414

6 Yemen 3.399

7 Central African Republic 3.354

8 Ukraine 3.287

9 Sudan 3.269

10 Libya 3.2

11 Pakistan 3.145

12 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.112

13 Russia 3.079

14 North Korea 2.944

15 Nigeria 2.877

16 Palestine 2.832

17 Colombia 2.764

18 Lebanon 2.752

19 Turkey 2.71

20 Israel 2.656

21 Venezuela 2.651

22 Egypt 2.574

23 India 2.566

24 Mexico 2.557

25 Philippines 2.511

26 Burundi 2.5

27 Mali 2.489

28 Chad 2.464

29 Eritrea 2.46

30 Azerbaijan 2.45

31 Iran 2.411

32 Bahrain 2.398

33 Kenya 2.379

34 Cameroon 2.356

35 Saudi Arabia 2.338

36 Rwanda 2.323

37 Zimbabwe 2.322

38 South Africa 2.316

39 Thailand 2.312

40 Kyrgyz Republic 2.297

41 Mauritania 2.295

42 Tajikistan 2.293

43 Djibouti 2.292

44 China 2.288

45 Ethiopia 2.284

46 Cote d’ Ivoire 2.279

47 Guatemala 2.27

48 Guinea-Bissau 2.264

49 Myanmar 2.256

50 Republic of the Congo 2.249

51 Niger 2.239

52 Honduras 2.237

53 El Salvador 2.237

54 Armenia 2.218

55 Uzbekistan 2.216

56 Algeria 2.213

57 Belarus 2.202

58 Turkmenistan 2.202

59 Brazil 2.176

60 Cambodia 2.161

61 United States of America 2.154

62 Guinea 2.148

63 Uganda 2.148

64 Dominican Republic 2.143

65 Papua New Guinea 2.143

66 Angola 2.14

67 Sri Lanka 2.133

68 Jordan 2.127

69 Guyana 2.105

70 Macedonia (FYR) 2.092

71 The Gambia 2.091

72 Jamaica 2.091

73 Morocco 2.086

74 Swaziland 2.074

75 Haiti 2.066

76 Burkina Faso 2.063

77 Cuba 2.057

78 Georgia 2.057

79 Peru 2.057

80 Trinidad and Tobago 2.056

81 Bangladesh 2.045

82 Greece 2.044

83 Bolivia 2.038

84 Paraguay 2.037

85 Gabon 2.033

86 Nepal 2.026

87 Kosovo 2.022

88 Ecuador 2.02

89 Kazakhstan 2.019

90 Oman 2.016

91 Benin 1.998

92 Liberia 1.998

93 Cyprus 1.994

94 Senegal 1.978

95 Nicaragua 1.975

96 Mozambique 1.963

97 Argentina 1.957

98 Togo 1.954

99 Moldova 1.953

100 Tunisia 1.949

101 Lesotho 1.941

102 Equatorial Guinea 1.94

103 United Arab Emirates 1.931

104 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.915

105 Vietnam 1.906

106 Tanzania 1.899

107 Montenegro 1.884

108 Timor-Leste 1.879

109 Namibia 1.873

110 Albania 1.867

111 South Korea 1.858

112 Laos 1.852

113 Kuwait 1.842

114 Mongolia 1.838

115 Panama 1.837

116 Serbia 1.834

117 United Kingdom 1.83

118 France 1.829

119 Malawi 1.817

120 Ghana 1.809

121 Sierra Leone 1.805

122 Indonesia 1.799

123 Taiwan 1.787

124 Zambia 1.783

125 Italy 1.774

126 Madagascar 1.763

127 Lithuania 1.735

128 Estonia 1.732

129 Uruguay 1.726

130 Qatar 1.716

131 Costa Rica 1.699

132 Latvia 1.68

133 Romania 1.649

134 Malaysia 1.648

135 Bulgaria 1.646

136 Botswana 1.639

137 Chile 1.635

138 Croatia 1.633

139 Spain 1.604

140 Slovakia 1.603

141 Mauritius 1.559

142 Poland 1.557

143 Netherlands 1.541

144 Singapore 1.535

145 Hungary 1.534

146 Belgium 1.528

147 Norway 1.5

148 Germany 1.486

149 Australia 1.465

150 Sweden 1.461

151 Bhutan 1.445

152 Ireland 1.433

153 Finland 1.429

154 Slovenia 1.408

155 Japan 1.395

156 Canada 1.388

157 Switzerland 1.37

158 Czech Republic 1.36

159 Portugal 1.356

160 New Zealand 1.287

161 Austria 1.278

162 Denmark 1.246

163 Iceland 1.192

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