The Global Peace Index 2018 was recently published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, revealing the safest and most dangerous countries in the world.
Every nation was issued a peace score out of 5 (the lower the score, the higher the level of peace), determined by analysis of 23 factors under three categories: the level of safety and security in society, domestic and international conflict, and militarization.
The countries that displayed the most significant growth in heavy weapons capabilities over the last 30 years are primarily in unstable regions where there are high tensions with neighboring countries. These include Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan, South Korea, and Syria, it said.
The greatest increase in the number of deaths occurred in Syria, followed by Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen.
The four most peaceful regions – Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and South America – all recorded deteriorations, with the largest overall deterioration occurring in South America, owing to falls in the safety and security domain, mainly due to increases in the incarceration rate and impact of terrorism.
Here are the first 10 safest countries on Earth:
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic