Most peaceful countries 2018

New Zealand ranked 2nd in the 2018 Global Peace Index.

Most peaceful countries, 2018.

1. Iceland
2. New Zealand
3. Austria
4. Portugal
5. Denmark
6. Canada
7. Czech Republic
8. Singapore
9. Japan
10. Ireland

121. United States
154. Russia
157. Libya
160. Iraq
162. Afghanistan
163. Syria (last)

This is the twelfth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global
peacefulness.

The results of the 2018 GPI find that the global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27 per cent in the last year, marking the fourth successive year of deteriorations. Ninety-two countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved. The 2018 GPI reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in this gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness.

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years.

I can understand this from a war point of view, but with terrible levels of domestic and public violence New Zealand is far from a peaceful country for many people.

 

17 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  September 9, 2018

    ”But with terrible levels of domestic and public violence New Zealand is far from a peaceful country for many people.”

    I agree. New Zealand has a rotten underbelly. But, we are such a great little country, we manage to hide that shame from the rest of the world rather well.

    I was in Auckland yesterday. The amount of feral street folk, many I assume are homeless, was staggering; third world in some aspects.

    • Gezza

       /  September 9, 2018

      Devonport?

      • Corky

         /  September 9, 2018

        Auckland central.

        • Gezza

           /  September 9, 2018

          When I was last there it was Hong Kong.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 9, 2018

            Last time I was there, there were not ‘staggering’ numbers of ‘feral street folk’ (amount is usually used to measure volume) in the central city, Some, but not as many as Corky seems to have seen. Nor could it have been mistaken for Hong Kong by anyone who’s been there. Chinese people are a minority.

            • Corky

               /  September 9, 2018

              ”Last time I was there.”

              I was there yesterday. I called them feral because they seemed to accost everyone on the street.

              I went past a park that had many people just sitting…doing nothing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 10, 2018

              What do you do in a park ? Many people just sit there soaking up the sun and resting.

              Is feral a synonym for accosting people ? By that definition, street preachers are feral.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 10, 2018

              Which park was it ?

  2. maybe we would be #1 if they finally ended the ‘WAR on Drugs’ ? :/
    still raging in NZ

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 9, 2018

    ”But with terrible levels of domestic and public violence New Zealand is far from a peaceful country for many people.”

    It’s all relative. In SA a private car is hijacked every 30 mins on average and public transport is far more dangerous. A Saffa student marvelled to me how safe she felt on our buses.

    https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/man-killed-eight-injured-as-gang-stabs-throws-commuters-off-train-20180908

    • David

       /  September 9, 2018

      Funny you should say that Alan one of my wifes staff said exactly the same thing, she was freaked out letting her daughter travel by bus to school. Her husband had a hole in his chin where he was shot by home invaders.
      We visited the UK this year and wife left all her jewelry behind due to the mad moped crime in London.
      We need to celebrate how lucky we are.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 9, 2018

        I haven’t seen much public violence here, but I did see it in other countries.

        Anyone who thinks that anywhere in NZ is third world can’t have been anywhere outside NZ or seen any photos of third world places.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 9, 2018

          I saw people being knifed in our street in Belgium, in a vicious fight. It was a usually quiet suburban street.

      • Blazer

         /  September 10, 2018

        ‘ wife left all her jewelry behind due to the mad moped crime in London.’

        You get around on mopeds!Left the jewellery behind to save on excess baggage charges I suspect.

  4. david in aus

     /  September 10, 2018

    Is this another Left-Wing Social Justice contrived indicator?

    Most definitely.

    How does Japan/Singapore rank well below the European countries above them, when they have lower criminality rates, violence, and societal disharmony?

    They have higher spending on the military, they live in dangerous neighborhoods. Obviously, being able to defend yourself and not at the whims of local bullies are negatives with this ‘Index’.

    Singapore and Japan have death penalties as well- another marker of lower internal peace?

    The number of refugees as a percentage of the population rates highly is this index. I am not sure how that makes a country more peaceful. One can argue that is an indicator of countries ‘compassion’ but it does not make a country more peaceful.

    Contrived nonsense and another virtue signaling indicator.

    • Blazer

       /  September 10, 2018

      ‘contrived nonsense’ is a good description of what you just wrote.
      You have offered nothing whatsoever to back your assertions.

      • david in aus

         /  September 10, 2018

        Indicator Source Coding
        1 Number and duration of internal conflicts[5] UCDP, IEP Total number
        2 Number of deaths from external organized conflict UCDP Armed Conflict Dataset Total number
        3 Number of deaths from internal organised conflict International Institute for Strategic Studies, Armed Conflict Database Total number
        4 Number, duration, and role in external conflicts UCDP Battle-related Deaths Dataset, IEP Total number
        5 Intensity of organised internal conflict EIU Qualitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        6 Relations with neighbouring countries EIU Qualitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        7 Level of perceived criminality in society EIU Qualitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        8 Number of refugees and displaced persons as percentage of population UNHCR and IDMC Refugee population by country or territory of origin, plus the number of a country’s internally displaced people (IDP’s) as a percentage of the country’s total population
        9 Political instability EIU Qualitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        10 Impact of terrorism Global Terrorism Index (IEP) Quantitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        11 Political terror Amnesty International and US State Department Qualitative scale, ranked 1 to 5
        12 Number of homicides per 100,000 people UNODC Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (CTS); EIU estimates Total number

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