Every year, the “International Day of Peace” or the “Peace Day” is observed around the world on 21 September. It was first celebrated in 1981 and was established unanimous United Nations resolution. Dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. This International Peace Day, we give you a list of most peaceful countries from all over the world, according to the 2019 Global Peace Index that you can add to to your bucket list!
Also annually, an international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace releases the GPI, which is considered the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This study ranks 163 independent states and territories (home to 99.7% of the world’s population) according to their level of peacefulness. This ranking is based on 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources that are grouped into three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation. The top 10 peaceful countries according to the thirteenth edition of the GPI are:
This is Iceland’s 10th year in a row that it retains the number one spot. With no standing army, navy or air force and the smallest population of any NATO member state (about 350,000 people) plus 100% literacy rate, Iceland enjoys record-low crime rates and welfare system.
2. New Zealand
Holding on to the Number 2 spot in the index since 2017, New Zealand is one of the most unpolluted countries in the world. It has a perfect score in the domains of domestic and international conflict, militarization and societal safety.
Portugal this year gained one spot from 2018 and jumped back on the podium at the number three spot, a position it also held in 2017. With a low crime rate, a relaxed pace of life and fabulous coastal scenery, Portugal is one of the most affordable destinations on the continent.
Austria slipped one spot in the Global Peace Index compared to last year and performs well in many measures of well-being such as income, jobs, and housing. It boasts a wonderfully clean environment, great transport system, and very low crime rates.
From 2011 to 2016, Denmark has held the number two spot for five years in a row but sadly it dropped subsequently to number five in 2017, where it has remained ever since. Boasting a high level of income equality, it is also characterized by low levels of crime, a high degree of political stability, freedom of the press and respect for human rights.
6th in this ranking list, Canada has maintained the place it held last year with high scores in factors related to internal conflicts, levels of crime and political stability. Also while it is one of the largest landmasses in the world with a relatively small population (just under 37 million), Canada offers excellent work opportunities good health facilities and effective governance.
Advancing 13 places up from its 21st place in 2018, Singapore surely sets a perfect example for all the city-states in this world. Singapore scored highly in the aspects of societal safety and security and stayed out of domestic and international conflict while boasting low crime rates.
The sole new entry in this year’s index top 10, Slovenia climbed three spots from 2018 and is known for its wonderful trekking countryside and marvelous food, that it seems to have inherited from Italy and other neighbouring countries. Along with this, it’s also the fourth-least militarized country in the world.
Maintaining its ninth spot in the Global Peace Index, Japan is known for its great food, impeccably polite people and a transport system that’s the envy of the world. While this peaceful and technologically advanced nation is three times more densely populated than Europe and twelve times more than the U.S., yet it still manages to ranks highly for both peace and quality of life.
10. Czech Republic
Down three spots from last year, the Czech Republic has made the greatest sustained improvements in peacefulness over the last 10-year period, especially in the areas ranging from political stability to personal security and international relations.
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