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Have global levels of peacefulness deteriorated?


Scroll down to discover this year's Global Peace Index.

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Have global levels of peacefulness deteriorated?


Scroll down to discover this year's Global Peace Index.

 

What is the Global Peace Index?

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world's leading measure of global peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, using 23 indicators across three key domains: Societal Safety and Security, Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and Militarisation.

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Most peaceful country.


Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world this year, and has been every year since the first Global Peace Index was released in 2008. It is also ranked as the most peaceful country on two out of the three Global Peace Index domains. 

Most peaceful country.


Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world this year, and has been every year since the first Global Peace Index was released in 2008. It is also ranked as the most peaceful country on two out of the three Global Peace Index domains. 

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Least peaceful country.


Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country for the second
successive year. It has fallen 64 places in the rankings since the
inception of the index and has had the largest fall in score of any country in the last decade.

Least peaceful country.


Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country for the second
successive year. It has fallen 64 places in the rankings since the
inception of the index and has had the largest fall in score of any country in the last decade.

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Two African countries were the largest risers and fallers in this year's Index.


Two African countries were the largest risers and fallers in this year's Index.


This year's risers and fallers.

The Central African Republic had the strongest improvement in score in the 2017 GPI, rising two places in the rankings to 155. Ethiopia had the largest deterioration in peacefulness, falling 16 places in the rankings to 134.

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Trends in Peacefulness


Since 2008, the global level of peace has deteriorated by 2.14 per cent, a trend which has been driven by conflict in the Middle East, global terrorism, and population displacement.
 

Trends in Peacefulness


Since 2008, the global level of peace has deteriorated by 2.14 per cent, a trend which has been driven by conflict in the Middle East, global terrorism, and population displacement.
 

How much does violence cost us?

The total economic impact of violence was $14.3 trillion in 2016, equivalent to 12.6 per cent of gross world product, or $1,953 per person. 

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What helps to create peace?


Understanding what creates sustainable peace cannot be found in the study of violence alone. We also need to understand the attitudes, institutions, and structures that lead to peaceful societies. This is known as Positive Peace.
 

What helps to create peace?


Understanding what creates sustainable peace cannot be found in the study of violence alone. We also need to understand the attitudes, institutions, and structures that lead to peaceful societies. This is known as Positive Peace.
 

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Learn more about global peacefulness.


Learn more about global peacefulness.


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