Most Peaceful Countries 2022

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Each year, the Institute for Economics and Peace releases the Global Peace Index. This is a study of 163 independent nations and territories around the world, comprising approximately 99.7% of the world’s total population, that analyzes which nations are the most peaceful, as well as which are the most dangerous. The GPI evaluates a total of 23 indicators to compile the list, which can be sorted into three distinct categories: militarization, safety and security, and domestic and international conflict. The indicators are then combined into a single Peace Index Score.

Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World (2021 Global Peace Index Score):

  1. Iceland — 1.10
  2. New Zealand — 1.253
  3. Denmark — 1.256
  4. Portugal — 1.267
  5. Slovenia — 1.315
  6. Austria — 1.317
  7. Switzerland — 1.323
  8. Ireland — 1.326
  9. Czech Republic — 1.329
  10. Canada — 1.330

As of 2021, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland. This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the index, as Iceland has taken the top spot for 14 years in a row. Qualities that make it the most peaceful nation on Earth include low crime rates, robust education and welfare systems, fair pay for workers, and “non-existent” tension among the economic classes.

New Zealand is the second-most peaceful country worldwide, a rank it has enjoyed since 2014. New Zealand has remained in the top four most peaceful nations for the last ten years. As in Iceland, New Zealand's police do not carry personal firearms, as they do not see a need to. Violent crime is low in New Zealand; however, theft is relatively common, especially for tourists. New Zealand also scores well for earnings, jobs, and education.

The third most peaceful country in the nation is Denmark, which moves up two positions from 2020. Denmark ranks particularly well for political stability, freedom of press, income equality, and human rights, all of which contribute to a high level of peacefulness. The United States, in the wake of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a tumultuous political transition, placed 122nd with a score of 2.337.

Top 10 Least Peaceful Countries in the World (2021 Global Peace Index Score):

  1. Afghanistan — 3.631
  2. Yemen — 3.407
  3. Syria — 3.371
  4. South Sudan — 3.363
  5. Iraq — 3.257
  6. Somalia — 3.211
  7. Congo (Democratic Rep) — 3.196
  8. Libya — 3.166
  9. Central African Republic — 3.131
  10. Russia — 2.993

Most Peaceful Countries 2022

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Most Peaceful Countries 2022

Note: Lower scores are preferable
Rank Country Peace Index 2022 Population
1Iceland1.078345,393
2New Zealand1.1984,898,203
3Portugal1.24710,140,570
4Austria1.2759,066,710
5Denmark1.2835,834,950
6Canada1.29838,388,419
7Singapore1.3215,943,546
8Czech Republic1.33710,736,784
9Japan1.36125,584,838
10Switzerland1.3668,773,637
11Slovenia1.3692,078,034
12Ireland1.3755,020,199
13Australia1.38626,068,792
14Finland1.4045,554,960
15Sweden1.47910,218,971
16Germany1.49483,883,596
17Belgium1.49611,668,278
17Norway1.4965,511,370
19Bhutan1.501787,941
20Malaysia1.52533,181,072
21Netherlands1.52817,211,447
22Romania1.54119,031,335
23Mauritius1.5441,274,727
24Hungary1.5599,606,259
25Slovakia1.5685,460,193
26Croatia1.6154,059,286
27Qatar1.6162,979,915
28Bulgaria1.6286,844,597
29Poland1.65737,739,785
30Estonia1.681,321,910
31Italy1.6960,262,770
32Costa Rica1.6915,182,354
33Botswana1.6932,441,162
34Latvia1.71,848,837
35Uruguay1.7043,496,016
36Lithuania1.7052,661,708
37Taiwan1.70723,888,595
38Spain1.71246,719,142
39Kuwait1.7234,380,326
39Mongolia1.7233,378,078
41United Arab Emirates1.75210,081,785
42United Kingdom1.7768,497,907
43Ghana1.77632,395,450
44Zambia1.79419,470,234
45Chile1.80419,250,195
63Madagascar1.80529,178,077
46Sierra Leone1.828,306,436
47Senegal1.82417,653,671
48South Korea1.82951,329,899
49Indonesia1.831279,134,505
50Laos1.8437,481,023
51Serbia1.8468,653,016
52Tanzania1.8563,298,550
53Namibia1.8612,633,874
54Timor Leste1.8631,369,429
55Albania1.8722,866,374
56Panama1.8754,446,964
57Greece1.87710,316,637
57Liberia1.8775,305,117
59Malawi1.88520,180,839
60Gambia1.8912,558,482
60Equatorial Guinea1.8911,496,662
62North Macedonia1.92,081,304
64Vietnam1.9298,953,541
64Cyprus1.921,223,387
66France1.9365,584,518
67Eswatini1.9341,184,817
68Oman1.9415,323,993
69Montenegro1.944627,950
71Moldova1.954,013,171
72Jordan1.95810,300,869
73Nepal1.97430,225,582
74Argentina1.97846,010,234
75Paraguay1.9917,305,843
76Dominican Republic1.99211,056,370
77Sri Lanka2.00321,575,842
78Cambodia2.01117,168,639
79Bosnia And Herzegovina2.043,249,317
80Jamaica2.0412,985,094
81Rwanda2.04913,600,464
82Guyana2.05794,045
83Morocco2.05737,772,756
84Peru2.06633,684,208
86Bolivia2.07411,992,656
86Cuba2.07411,305,652
88Trinidad And Tobago2.0781,406,585
89Guinea2.08213,865,691
90Ecuador2.08518,113,361
91Angola2.08735,027,343
92Tunisia2.0912,046,656
93Kyrgyzstan2.0946,728,271
94Belarus2.1119,432,800
95Georgia2.1163,968,738
95Gabon2.1162,331,533
97Bangladesh2.121167,885,689
98Lesotho2.1312,175,699
99Mozambique2.13533,089,461
99Armenia2.1352,971,966
102Papua New Guinea2.1579,292,169
101Guinea Bissau2.1572,063,367
103Uzbekistan2.15834,382,084
104China2.1661,448,471,400
105Ivory Coast2.16927,742,298
106Benin2.18212,784,726
107Tajikistan2.1889,957,464
108Togo2.2018,680,837
109Uganda2.20248,432,863
110Bahrain2.2091,783,983
111Haiti2.21111,680,283
112Djibouti2.2151,016,097
113El Salvador2.2436,550,389
114Thailand2.24570,078,203
115Guatemala2.26718,584,039
116Turkmenistan2.2766,201,943
117Algeria2.28745,350,148
117Mauritania2.2874,901,981
119Honduras2.28810,221,247
120Azerbaijan2.310,300,205
121United States2.307334,805,269
122Burkina Faso2.31622,102,838
123South Africa2.31760,756,135
124Republic of the Congo2.3435,797,805
125Kenya2.37556,215,221
126Brazil2.413215,353,593
127Myanmar2.42455,227,143
128Saudi Arabia2.44335,844,909
129Philippines2.471112,508,994
130Egypt2.481106,156,692
131Zimbabwe2.48515,331,428
132Burundi2.50612,624,840
133Ethiopia2.526120,812,698
134Chad2.53817,413,580
135Nicaragua2.5536,779,100
136Eritrea2.5673,662,244
137Mexico2.572131,562,772
138Niger2.60826,083,660
139India2.6281,406,631,776
140Colombia2.64651,512,762
141Cameroon2.6527,911,548
142Iran2.67286,022,837
143Palestine2.6995,345,541
144Mali2.72921,473,764
145Israel2.7758,922,892
146Lebanon2.8286,684,849
147Nigeria2.865216,746,934
148Ukraine2.92743,192,122
149Venezuela2.93629,266,991
150Turkey2.95985,561,976
151North Korea2.96225,990,679
152Pakistan2.973229,488,994
153Sudan3.04345,992,020
154Russia3.049145,805,947
155Central African Republic3.2375,016,678
156DR Congo3.24395,240,792
157Libya3.2587,040,745
158Somalia3.30216,841,795
159Yemen3.41131,154,867
160South Sudan3.44711,618,511
161Iraq3.48742,164,965
162Syria3.53919,364,809
163Afghanistan3.64440,754,388

Most Peaceful Countries 2022

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