Iceland is the most peaceful country out of 162 countries evaluated in the 2013 Global Peace Index.
Following closely behind are Denmark and New-Zealand. Europe is the most peaceful continent, RÚV reports.
Small and stabilized democracies make for the top of the list. Finland ranks seventh, Sweden takes 9th place and Norway is 11 on the list.
Great Britain ranks at 44 and the lowest of the European countries is Turkey, at 134 on the list. The United States is number 100 on the list of the most peaceful countries.
Peace is measured by e.g. how safe the residents are, crime rate, whether there’s conflict or war taking place within the country’s borders, how well authorities deal with violence and how prominent the country’s army is.
The whole world has become less peaceful in the past few years, the decline being measured as 5% less peaceful now than in 2008.
Read the full report here.
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