Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

The State Of Global Peace

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War, terrorism and the refugeee crisis have all combined to make the world less peaceful this year than it was last year. The 2016 Global Peace Index claims that only 10 nations around the world are completely free from conflict, with countries in the Middle East and North Africa experiencing the greatest deterioration in peace. The countries free from internal and external conflict were named as Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam. (See chart down below)

Conflict has massive financial consequences on top of human suffering. In 2015, war and violence cost the global economy $13.6 trillion in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms according to the Institute for Economics and Peace.

According to the 2016 Global Peace Index, the world has become increasingly dangerous with only 10 countries considered completely free of conflict. The refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and military conflict have all combined to make the world less peaceful this year than it was last year. Released by the Institute for Economics and Peace earlier this week, the index shows that the greatest deterioration in peace happened in countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The only countries free of internal and external conflict in the index are Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam. Overall, 81 countries became more peaceful during the past year while the situation deteriorated in 79. Improving the state of world peace has a major economic dimension, on top of an obvious human one.

The economic effects of violence are enormous, with conflicts and unrest costing $13.6 trillion in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms in 2015, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. That represents 13.3 percent of the world’s economic activity or $1, 876 for every person in the world.

Ranking of the 20 most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index 2015

The statistic shows the 20 most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index 2015. According to the Global Peace Index 2015, Iceland was the most peaceful country in the world with an index value of 1, 15.

20 most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index 2015

This chart shows countries and territories ranked by levels of peace in 2016.

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