Its official, Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index for 2015. The nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has said that the thinly populated island in the midst of the North Atlantic is still the most peaceful country in the world.
The institute ranks 162 nations around the globe, and bases their ranking on factors like the level of violent crime, involvement in conflicts, and the degree of militarization. Six of the top 10 are European countries, with Denmark and Austria holding the second and third spots.
According to The Guardian: The top five most peaceful nations were unchanged from last year’s study, with Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, and Switzerland again runners-up to Iceland. Europe remained the most peaceful region as a whole, with the United Kingdom moving up 9 places from last year to 38th. Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Central African Republic were the bottom five countries in the index.
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Steve Killelea, founder and Executive Chairman of the IEP, in 2014 said: “Many macro factors have driven the deterioration in peace over the last seven years, including the continued economic repercussions of the Global Financial Crisis, the reverberations of the Arab Spring, and the continued spread of terrorism. As these effects are likely to continue into the near future; a strong rebound in peace is unlikely.
“This is resulting in very real costs to the world economy; increases in the global economic impact of violence and its containment are equivalent to 19 percent of global economic growth from 2012 to 2013. To put this in perspective, this is around $1,350 per person. The danger is that we fall into a negative cycle: Low economic growth leads to higher levels of violence, the containment of which produces lower economic growth.”
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Inquisitr wrote: “The United States’ northern neighbor, Canada, fared well on the list, coming in at number seven as the most peaceful country to live in. So, where did the United States actually place? In the bottom half of the rankings, a dismal 94th place. This is due to the amount of militarization, homicides, and “fear of violence,” the report says. However, the U.S. fared better in 2015 than it did in 2014, when it was the 101st most peaceful place to live.
Ukraine suffered the second biggest deterioration in its rating over the past year, as pro-Russian separatists clashed with government forces. The only country that fared worse was Libya, which has “sunk into a low-level civil war between Islamist and nationalist groups.”
War-ravaged Syria remained at the bottom of the rankings.
And Iraq, the other country where the Islamic militant group ISIS holds large areas of territory, dropped below South Sudan and Afghanistan to second last place, wrote CNN.