Sun, Jun 17, 2007
Global Peace Index Published
The Economist Intelligence Unit, in conjunction with an international team of academics and peace experts, has compiled an innovative new Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 121 nations according to their relative peacefulness. It is available online along with a lot of supporting materials at the Vision of Humanity site.
The Index ranks the nations of the world by their absence of violence and identifies some of the drivers of peace, using metrics that combine both internal and external factors. The internal measures include crime rates, prison population, and trust between citizens. The external measures include relations with neighbors, arms sales, and foreign troop deployments. The top five most peaceful nations were: (1) Norway (2) New Zealand (3) Denmark (4) Ireland (5) Japan. The worst five were: Nigeria (117) Russia (118) Israel (119) Sudan (120) and Iraq (121). The United States ranked 96th, just above Iran, 97th. Canada, the United States’ neighbor to the North, comes in 8th. The report is also available as a pdf.
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