Most Dangerous Countries

Every year, the Institute for Economics and Peace releases its Global Peace Index report. This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, and murder rate. The GPI report evaluates 163 countries with account for over 99% of the world’s total population. The factors analyzed in the report are grouped into three different areas:
Safety and Security Ongoing Conflict Militarization The countries on the GPI list have a score. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country. The higher the score, the more dangerous it is. According to the 2018 report, Syria has the highest score – a score of 3.6 – and is the most dangerous country in the world. This ranking remains unchanged from the previous report in 2017. The second-most dangerous country in the world is Afghanistan with a score of 3.585. This nation’s ranking remained the same as it was on the 2017 report. Rounding out the top 3 is South Sudan, which has a score of 3.508 and dropped one position since the previous report.

The top 10 most dangerous countries according to the 2018 GPI report are:

All of the top 10 most dangerous states have a “very low” state of peace. Other nations that have a “very low” state of peace and are considered the world’s most dangerous include:

Flag Name Area Population 2018 Growth Rate
Pakistan881,912 km²200,813,8181.93%
Nigeria923,768 km²195,875,2372.61%
Russia17,098,242 km²143,964,709-0.02%
Turkey783,562 km²81,916,8711.45%
Ukraine603,500 km²44,009,214-0.48%
Sudan1,886,068 km²41,511,5262.41%
Iraq438,317 km²39,339,7532.78%
Afghanistan652,230 km²36,373,1762.37%
Yemen527,968 km²28,915,2842.35%
North Korea120,538 km²25,610,6720.47%
Syria185,180 km²18,284,4070.08%
Somalia637,657 km²15,181,9252.98%
South Sudan619,745 km²12,919,0532.73%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,470,9561.51%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,737,4231.68%