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These Are The Most Peaceful Countries in the World

Picture of Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 April 2018
If you’re thinking of a dream trip, why not opt for one of these peaceful destinations?

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)…

Skellig Michael | © UTBP/Shutterstock
Skellig Michael | © UTBP / Shutterstock

Score: 1.408

The Republic of Ireland got tops marks for low levels of political instability and terror.

10. Japan (tied, 10th place)…

Mt. Fuji | © lkuni/Shutterstock
Mt. Fuji | © lkuni / Shutterstock

Score: 1.408

Japan got joint 10th place with the Republic of Ireland because of its low number of homicides and the difficulty of accessing weapons.

9. Switzerland…

The Matterhorn | © Ekaterina Grivet/Shutterstock
The Matterhorn | © Ekaterina Grivet / Shutterstock

Score: 1.373

Switzerland is ranked at number nine due its political neutrality and its lack of both internal and external conflicts.

8. Canada…

Niagara Falls | © Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
Niagara Falls | © Nagel Photography / Shutterstock

Score: 1.371

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.

7. Slovenia…

© Lake Bled | © ZM_Photo/Shutterstock
© Lake Bled | © ZM_Photo / Shutterstock

Score: 1.364

This eastern European beauty gets the seventh spot on this list for minimal internal conflicts and its high police presence.

6. Czech Republic…

Movaria | @ Tomas Tichy/Shutterstock
Movaria | @ Tomas Tichy / Shutterstock

Score: 1.360

The Czech Republic scores high for its low military spending and crime rates.

5. Denmark…

Copenhagen | © LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock
Copenhagen | © LaMiaFotografia / Shutterstock

Score: 1.337

Aside from being the happiest place on Earth, it’s also one of the more peaceful (because it’s so happy).

4. Austria…

Austrian Alps | © Andrew Mayovskyy/Shutterstock
Austrian Alps | © Andrew Mayovskyy / Shutterstock

Score: 1.265

Austria comes in at number four for peaceful elections and few weapon imports.

3. Portugal…

Algarve | © Anton Foltin/Shutterstock
Algarve | © Anton Foltin / Shutterstock

Score: 1.258

Affordability, happiness, political neutrality, low crime rates and beauty, make Portugal ones of the most peaceful places in Europe.

2. New Zealand…

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Arthur’s Pass | © Travellight / Shutterstock

Score: 1.241

The Kiwis grabbed the number two spot for their lack of internal conflict or violence.

1. Iceland…

Hvitserkur | © Filip Fuxa/Shutterstock
Hvitserkur | © Filip Fuxa / Shutterstock

Score: 1.111

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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