Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2019

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:

Rank Country Peace Index Population 2019
1Afghanistan3.57438,041,754
2Syria3.56617,070,135
3South Sudan3.52611,062,113
4Yemen3.41229,161,922
5Iraq3.36939,309,783
6Somalia3.315,442,905
7Central African Republic3.2964,745,185
8Libya3.2856,777,452
9Dr Congo3.21886,790,567
10Russia3.093145,872,256
11Pakistan3.072216,565,318
12Turkey3.01583,429,615
13Sudan2.99542,813,238
14Ukraine2.9543,993,638
15North Korea2.92125,666,161
16Nigeria2.898200,963,599
17Lebanon2.86,855,713
18Israel2.7358,519,377
19Mali2.7119,658,031
20Venezuela2.67128,515,829
21Colombia2.66150,339,443
22Palestine2.6084,981,420
23India2.6051,366,417,754
24Mexico2.6127,575,529
25Iran2.54282,913,906
26Cameroon2.53825,876,380
27Chad2.52215,946,876
28Egypt2.521100,388,073
29Burundi2.5211,530,580
30Philippines2.516108,116,615
31Eritrea2.5043,497,117
32Zimbabwe2.46314,645,468
33Ethiopia2.434112,078,730
34Azerbaijan2.42510,047,718
35Saudi Arabia2.40934,268,528
36United States2.401329,064,917
37South Africa2.39958,558,270
38Niger2.39423,310,715
39Myanmar2.39354,045,420
40Bahrain2.3571,641,172
41Honduras2.3419,746,117
42Mauritania2.3334,525,696
43Republic Of The Congo2.3235,380,508
44Nicaragua2.3126,545,502
45Kenya2.352,573,973
46Armenia2.2942,957,731
47Thailand2.27869,625,582
48Brazil2.271211,049,527
49Turkmenistan2.2655,942,089
50Guatemala2.26417,581,472
51El Salvador2.2626,453,553
52Guinea Bissau2.2371,920,922
53Algeria2.21943,053,054
54China2.2171,433,783,686
55Djibouti2.207973,560
56Togo2.2058,082,366
57Ivory Coast2.20325,716,544
59Uganda2.19644,269,594
58Tajikistan2.1969,321,018
60Burkina Faso2.17620,321,378
61Lesotho2.1672,125,268
62Uzbekistan2.16632,981,716
63Bangladesh2.128163,046,161
64Guinea2.12512,771,246
65Georgia2.1223,996,765
66Papua New Guinea2.1188,776,109
67Belarus2.1159,452,411
68Gabon2.1122,172,579
69Kyrgyzstan2.1056,415,850
70Mozambique2.09930,366,036
71Trinidad And Tobago2.0941,394,973
72Guyana2.075782,766
73Cuba2.07311,333,483
74Morocco2.0736,471,769
75Cambodia2.06616,486,542
76Paraguay2.0557,044,636
77Haiti2.05211,263,077
78Bolivia2.04411,513,100
79Dominican Republic2.04110,738,958
80Jamaica2.0382,948,279
81Tunisia2.03511,694,719
82Bosnia And Herzegovina2.0193,301,000
83Peru2.01632,510,453
84Rwanda2.01412,626,950
86Jordan2.01210,101,694
85Angola2.01231,825,295
87Nepal2.00328,608,710
88Argentina1.98944,780,677
91Swaziland1.9861,148,130
90Benin1.98611,801,151
89Sri Lanka1.98621,323,733
92Ecuador1.9817,373,662
93Equatorial Guinea1.9571,355,986
94Oman1.9534,974,986
95Moldova1.9514,043,263
96Montenegro1.939627,987
98Macedonia1.9332,083,459
97Greece1.93310,473,455
99Kazakhstan1.93218,551,427
100Cyprus1.9141,198,575
101Gambia1.9082,347,706
103Namibia1.8922,494,530
102France1.89265,129,728
104Liberia1.8894,937,374
105Senegal1.88316,296,364
106Vietnam1.87796,462,106
108Madagascar1.86726,969,307
107South Korea1.86751,225,308
109Tanzania1.8658,005,463
110United Arab Emirates1.8479,770,529
111Sierra Leone1.8227,813,215
112Albania1.8212,880,917
113Serbia1.8128,772,235
115Zambia1.80517,861,030
114Timor Leste1.8051,293,119
116Panama1.8044,246,439
118United Kingdom1.80167,530,172
117Laos1.8017,169,455
119Ghana1.79630,417,856
120Kuwait1.7944,207,083
121Mongolia1.7923,225,167
122Indonesia1.785270,625,568
123Malawi1.77918,628,747
124Italy1.75460,550,075
125Lithuania1.7282,759,627
126Estonia1.7271,325,648
127Taiwan1.72523,773,876
128Latvia1.7181,906,743
129Uruguay1.7113,461,734
130Costa Rica1.7065,047,561
131Spain1.69946,736,776
132Qatar1.6962,832,067
133Botswana1.6762,303,697
134Poland1.65437,887,768
135Croatia1.6454,130,304
136Chile1.63418,952,038
137Bulgaria1.6077,000,119
138Romania1.60619,364,557
139Mauritius1.5621,269,668
140Slovakia1.555,457,013
141Germany1.54783,517,045
142Hungary1.549,684,679
143Norway1.5365,378,857
145Sweden1.53310,036,379
144Belgium1.53311,539,328
146Netherlands1.5317,097,130
147Malaysia1.52931,949,777
148Bhutan1.506763,092
149Finland1.4885,532,156
150Australia1.41925,203,198
151Ireland1.394,882,495
152Switzerland1.3838,591,365
153Czech Republic1.37510,689,209
154Japan1.369126,860,301
155Slovenia1.3552,078,654
156Singapore1.3475,804,337
157Canada1.32737,411,047
158Denmark1.3165,771,876
159Austria1.2918,955,102
160Portugal1.27410,226,187
161New Zealand1.2214,783,063
162Iceland1.072339,031