Global Peace Index

Each year, countries are ranked on the Global Peace Index (GPI), a composite measure of peacefulness according to the levels of safety and security in their society, involvement in local and international conflict, and their degree of militarization, among other things.

The Institute for Economics and Peace develops the GPI by measuring a total of 23 indicators, including nuclear and heavy weapons, incarceration rate, homicide rate, political instability, and violent demonstrations.

1. Iceland

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world. It has held this position since 2008. One factor that puts Iceland so high on the Peace Index is that it has no army, navy, or air force.

2. New Zealand

New Zealand is the most peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region and the second most peaceful country overall in the 2022 GPI. New Zealand is the most peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region and the second most peaceful country overall in the 2022 GPI.

3. Ireland

Ireland is ranked as the third most peaceful country in the world and second most peaceful country in Europe (2022 GPI). Peacefulness improved by .019% with major improvements across the ‘Safety and Security’ and ‘militarization’ domains.

4. Denmark

Denmark recorded improvements in the ‘safety and security’ domain in 2022. However, it dropped one spot compared to last year, when it was ranked 3rd most peaceful country in the world.

5. Austria

Overall peacefulness in Austria improved by 0.018% making it the 5th most peaceful country in the world. The country ranks high in social stability and security and low on militarization.

6. Portugal

Portugal has one of the lowest crime rates and is the 6th most peaceful country in the world. However, it dropped two spots compared to 2021, when it came 4th in the GPI.

7. Slovenia

Slovenia’s overall GPI score also deteriorated, having dropped two spots from last year. However, it comes 7th in the 2022 GPI. The wealthiest economy of former Yugoslavia, Slovenia has one of the lowest crime rates.

8. Czech Republic

The Czech Republic improved in both the ‘militarization’ and ‘safety and security’ domains, making it the 8th most peaceful country in the world in 2022.

9. Singapore

Singapore moved a step higher from the 2021 Global Peace Index rankings and is now ranked the 9th most peaceful country. It remains the second most peaceful nation in the Asia-Pacific region for the third consecutive year.

Singapore improved significantly in the ‘Militarization’ domain, with large improvements particularly in ‘nuclear and heavy weapons’ as well as in ‘weapon export’ between 2021 and 2022.

10. Japan

Japan reclaimed it’s position in the top 10 most peaceful countries on the 2022 Global Peace Index. The country improved significantly in the ‘militarization’ domain with large improvements particularly in the ‘nuclear and heavy weapons’

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