Most Violent Countries 2019

There is no clear-cut way to measure the most violent nations in the world. With so many factors to consider, it’s hard to get a definitive ordered list of the world’s most violent nations. For example, a study could consider the number of homicides to determine which countries are the most violent. Another study may look at the total number of violent crimes. Other nations may look at other factors such as domestic and international warfare.

Despite which study you use, many of the same nations appear on each list. For example, the risk assessment company Drum-Cussac performed a study the looked at data in the categories of political, medical, environmental, infrastructural, and security.

Based on this data, the ten most violent countries include:

A report from the think tank Igarape Institute analyzed the number of homicides in nations across the world to determine the most violent countries. In this study, it was found that 17 of the world’s 20 most violent countries were in Latin America. Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela topped the list, together accounting for one-quarter of all of the murders in the world.

Yet another study by the World Economic Forum took a look at the prevalence of terrorism and violence to rank the world’s most dangerous and violent countries. Topping this list were the nations of Pakistan, El Salvador, Nigeria, Yemen, and Colombia.

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²169,190 mi²0.30%2.28%AsiaWestern Asia
2Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
3Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
4Syria17,070,135185,180 km²71,479 mi²0.12%0.74%AsiaWestern Asia
5Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²246,136 mi²0.43%2.90%AfricaEastern Africa
6Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²10,744 mi²< 0.1%3.18%AfricaEastern Africa
7South Sudan11,062,113619,745 km²239,222 mi²0.42%0.79%AfricaMiddle Africa
8Libya6,777,4521,759,540 km²679,182 mi²1.19%1.48%AfricaNorthern Africa
9Central African Republic4,745,185622,984 km²240,472 mi²0.42%1.69%AfricaMiddle Africa