Iceland Most Peaceful Country Yet Again - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Most Peaceful Country Yet Again

Published June 25, 2015

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Iceland is once again the most peaceful country in the world, according to the results of the latest Global Peace Index (GPI).

According to the report, released by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Iceland tops the world’s nations as the most peaceful country to live in.

In point of fact, six of the top ten most peaceful countries were in Europe, with Denmark and Austria taking second and third place, respectively, followed by New Zealand, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Japan, Australia and the Czech Republic.

The US improved its rank slightly, rising from 101st place to 94th out of a total 162 indexed countries.

The most dangerous country in the world, however, was Syria once again. Iraq dipped below South Sudan and Afghanistan to second to last place – both Syria and Iraq having to contend with ISIS contributed significantly to these results.

Iceland was not only the most peaceful country last year, but also the year before that, the year before that, and the year before that.

In 2010, it dipped to second place, up from fourth place in 2009, on account of the economic collapse and the protests which followed.

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