Once a year, the top notch guys and gals at the Institute of Economics and Peace calculate the Global Peace Index (GPI) – a handy little tool which provides ‘a comprehensive analysis on the state of peace’ in 163 nations.
The criteria is simple. In order for a state to be deemed peaceful, it must rank highly on each of the 23 measurements that the GPI take into account, which fall under three broad categories: the level of societal safety and security, the
extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation.
Itching to find out which nation came out on top? Check out the 10 most peaceful spots on Earth below:
10. Ireland (tied, 10th place)…
The Republic of Ireland got tops marks for low levels of political instability and terror.
10. Japan (tied, 10th place)…
Japan got joint 10th place with the Republic of Ireland because of its low number of homicides and the difficulty of accessing weapons.
Switzerland is ranked at number nine due its political neutrality and its lack of both internal and external conflicts.
Regarded as much more peaceful than its southern neighbour, the United States, Canada nabs eighth spot for political stability and for some of the friendliest cities on the planet.
This eastern European beauty gets the seventh spot on this list for minimal internal conflicts and its high police presence.
6. Czech Republic…
The Czech Republic scores high for its low military spending and crime rates.
Aside from being the happiest place on Earth, it’s also one of the more peaceful (because it’s so happy).
Austria comes in at number four for peaceful elections and few weapon imports.
Affordability, happiness, political neutrality, low crime rates and beauty, make Portugal ones of the most peaceful places in Europe.
2. New Zealand…
The Kiwis grabbed the number two spot for their lack of internal conflict or violence.
The land of ‘ice and fire’ gets top marks for low scores on homicides, number of people in jail, and terrorism.
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