Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2022

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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 that 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, and Militarization. The factors used to compile this report include: the number of internal and external violent conflicts, level of distrust, politicla instability, potential for terrorist acts, number of homicides, and military expenditures as a percetnage of GDP. A score is calculated for each of the 163 nations featured in the report based on these factors. The higher the score, the lower the nation is ranked in terms of safety— or the more dangerous the country is.

Each country is categorized into one of five state of peace levels: very high, high, medium, low, and very low. In this article, we’ll focus on the countries where the state of peace is “very low.” Compared to the 2020 Global Peace Index, the 2021 report saw 87 countries with safety improvements and 73 deteriorations. Overall, the GPI average deteriorated by 0.07% from 2020 to 2021. There are thirteen countries with a “very low” state of peace. These countries have scores above 2.9. for comparison, the world’s safest countries have scores between 1.1 and 1.438.

Most Dangerous Countries in the World

With a score of 3.631, Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world. Afghanistan has remained in this position from 2020 to 2021. In addition, Afghanistan has the highest number of deaths from war and terrorism of any other country in the world. Yemen moved down several positions to the second-most dangerous country. According to the UN, Yemen has the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, where over five years of ongoing conflict has resulted in 4.3 million people leaving their homes and 14 million people at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. About 80% of the Yemen population (24 million people) is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

Syria is the world’s third-most dangerous country. The Syrian civil war has plagued the country since March 2011 and has been the second-deadliest war of the 21st century. As of March 2019, 5.7 million people have fled Syria, and over 6 million have been displaced internally. South Sudan followes with a score of 3.363. South Sudan has ongoing conflict, civil unrest, and widespread violent crime, including robberies, assaults, carjacking, and kidnappings. Armed conflict exists mostly between the government and opposition groups, with little to no rule of law or order outside the country’s capital of Juba.

Iraq has moved up two positions from third to fifth in the most dangerous countries. Iraq continues to have both internal and external conflicts, including likely terrorist attacks. ISIS continues to capture and kill civilians and Iraqi armed forces. Other human rights violations, including violations of freedom of assembly and women’s rights, have persisted. U.S. citizens visiting Iraq are at particularly high risk for violence and kidnapping and target Anti-U.S. sectarian militias throughout Iraq.

The other countries with “very low” state of peace, in order, are: Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, the Central African Republic, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela, and North Korea. In addition to the most dangerous countries in the world, specific countries are the most dangerous for women. If you're looking to travel somewhere new, looking at the safest countries in the world.

Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2022

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Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2022

Rank Country Peace Index 2022 Population
1Afghanistan3.57440,754,388
2Syria3.56619,364,809
3South Sudan3.52611,618,511
4Yemen3.41231,154,867
5Iraq3.36942,164,965
6Somalia3.316,841,795
7Central African Republic3.2965,016,678
8Libya3.2857,040,745
9DR Congo3.21895,240,792
10Russia3.093145,805,947
11Pakistan3.072229,488,994
12Turkey3.01585,561,976
13Sudan2.99545,992,020
14Ukraine2.9543,192,122
15North Korea2.92125,990,679
16Nigeria2.898216,746,934
17Lebanon2.86,684,849
18Israel2.7358,922,892
19Mali2.7121,473,764
20Venezuela2.67129,266,991
21Colombia2.66151,512,762
22Palestine2.6085,345,541
23India2.6051,406,631,776
24Mexico2.6131,562,772
25Iran2.54286,022,837
26Cameroon2.53827,911,548
27Chad2.52217,413,580
28Egypt2.521106,156,692
29Burundi2.5212,624,840
30Philippines2.516112,508,994
31Eritrea2.5043,662,244
32Zimbabwe2.46315,331,428
33Ethiopia2.434120,812,698
34Azerbaijan2.42510,300,205
35Saudi Arabia2.40935,844,909
36United States2.401334,805,269
37South Africa2.39960,756,135
38Niger2.39426,083,660
39Myanmar2.39355,227,143
40Bahrain2.3571,783,983
41Honduras2.34110,221,247
42Mauritania2.3334,901,981
43Republic of the Congo2.3235,797,805
44Nicaragua2.3126,779,100
45Kenya2.356,215,221
46Armenia2.2942,971,966
47Thailand2.27870,078,203
48Brazil2.271215,353,593
49Turkmenistan2.2656,201,943
50Guatemala2.26418,584,039
51El Salvador2.2626,550,389
52Guinea Bissau2.2372,063,367
53Algeria2.21945,350,148
54China2.2171,448,471,400
55Djibouti2.2071,016,097
56Togo2.2058,680,837
57Ivory Coast2.20327,742,298
58Uganda2.19648,432,863
59Tajikistan2.1969,957,464
60Burkina Faso2.17622,102,838
61Lesotho2.1672,175,699
62Uzbekistan2.16634,382,084
63Bangladesh2.128167,885,689
64Guinea2.12513,865,691
65Georgia2.1223,968,738
66Papua New Guinea2.1189,292,169
67Belarus2.1159,432,800
68Gabon2.1122,331,533
69Kyrgyzstan2.1056,728,271
70Mozambique2.09933,089,461
71Trinidad And Tobago2.0941,406,585
72Guyana2.075794,045
73Cuba2.07311,305,652
74Morocco2.0737,772,756
75Cambodia2.06617,168,639
76Paraguay2.0557,305,843
77Haiti2.05211,680,283
78Bolivia2.04411,992,656
79Dominican Republic2.04111,056,370
80Jamaica2.0382,985,094
81Tunisia2.03512,046,656
82Bosnia And Herzegovina2.0193,249,317
83Peru2.01633,684,208
84Rwanda2.01413,600,464
85Angola2.01235,027,343
86Jordan2.01210,300,869
87Nepal2.00330,225,582
88Argentina1.98946,010,234
89Sri Lanka1.98621,575,842
90Benin1.98612,784,726
91Eswatini1.9861,184,817
92Ecuador1.9818,113,361
93Equatorial Guinea1.9571,496,662
94Oman1.9535,323,993
95Moldova1.9514,013,171
96Montenegro1.939627,950
97Greece1.93310,316,637
98Kazakhstan1.93219,205,043
99Cyprus1.9141,223,387
100Gambia1.9082,558,482
101France1.89265,584,518
102Namibia1.8922,633,874
103Liberia1.8895,305,117
104Senegal1.88317,653,671
105Vietnam1.87798,953,541
106South Korea1.86751,329,899
107Madagascar1.86729,178,077
108Tanzania1.8663,298,550
109United Arab Emirates1.84710,081,785
110Sierra Leone1.8228,306,436
111Albania1.8212,866,374
112Serbia1.8128,653,016
113Zambia1.80519,470,234
114Timor Leste1.8051,369,429
115Panama1.8044,446,964
116United Kingdom1.80168,497,907
117Laos1.8017,481,023
118Ghana1.79632,395,450
119Kuwait1.7944,380,326
120Mongolia1.7923,378,078
121Indonesia1.785279,134,505
122Malawi1.77920,180,839
123Italy1.75460,262,770
124Lithuania1.7282,661,708
125Estonia1.7271,321,910
126Taiwan1.72523,888,595
127Latvia1.7181,848,837
128Uruguay1.7113,496,016
129Costa Rica1.7065,182,354
130Spain1.69946,719,142
131Qatar1.6962,979,915
132Botswana1.6762,441,162
133Poland1.65437,739,785
134Croatia1.6454,059,286
135Chile1.63419,250,195
136Bulgaria1.6076,844,597
137Romania1.60619,031,335
138Mauritius1.5621,274,727
139Slovakia1.555,460,193
140Germany1.54783,883,596
141Hungary1.549,606,259
142Norway1.5365,511,370
143Belgium1.53311,668,278
144Sweden1.53310,218,971
145Netherlands1.5317,211,447
146Malaysia1.52933,181,072
147Bhutan1.506787,941
148Finland1.4885,554,960
149Australia1.41926,068,792
150Ireland1.395,020,199
151Switzerland1.3838,773,637
152Czech Republic1.37510,736,784
153Japan1.369125,584,838
154Slovenia1.3552,078,034
155Singapore1.3475,943,546
156Canada1.32738,388,419
157Denmark1.3165,834,950
158Austria1.2919,066,710
159Portugal1.27410,140,570
160New Zealand1.2214,898,203
161Iceland1.072345,393

Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2022

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