First Global Peace Index Ranks 121 Countries Norway tops list, U.S. comes in at 96



    WASHINGTON, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The first study to rank countries
 around the world according to their peacefulness and the drivers that
 create and sustain their peace was launched today. The Global Peace Index
 studied 121 countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe and its publication comes
 one week before the leaders of the world's richest countries gather for the
 G8 summit in Germany to discuss issues of global concern.
     The rankings show that even among the G8 countries there are
 significant differences in peacefulness: While Japan was the most peaceful
 of the G8 countries, at a rank of five in the Index, Russia neared the
 bottom at number 118. The Global Peace Index also reveals that countries
 which had a turbulent time for parts of the twentieth century, such as
 Ireland and Germany, have emerged as peace leaders in the 21st century.
     The Economist Intelligence Unit measured countries' peacefulness based
 on wide range of indicators - 24 in all - including ease of access to
 "weapons of minor destruction" (guns, small explosives), military
 expenditure, local corruption, and the level of respect for human rights.
     After compiling the Index, the researchers examined it for patterns in
 order to identify the "drivers" that make for peaceful societies. They
 found that peaceful countries often shared high levels of democracy and
 transparency of government, education and material well-being. While the
 U.S. possesses many of these characteristics, its ranking was brought down
 by its engagement in warfare and external conflict, as well as high levels
 of incarceration and homicide. The U.S.'s rank also suffered due to the
 large share of military expenditure from its GDP, attributed to its status
 as one of the world's military-diplomatic powers.
     The main findings of the Global Peace Index are:
 
     -- Peace is correlated to indicators such as income, schooling and the
        level of regional integration
     -- Peaceful countries often shared high levels of transparency of
        government and low corruption
     -- Small, stable countries which are part of regional blocs are most
        likely to get a higher ranking
     The Index is the brainchild of Australian IT entrepreneur and
 philanthropist Steve Killelea.
     "The objective of the Global Peace Index was to go beyond a crude
 measure of wars by systematically exploring the texture of peace,"
 explained Global Peace Index President, Mr. Clyde McConaghy, speaking in
 Washington. "The Index provides a quantitative measure of peacefulness that
 is comparable over time, and we hope it will inspire and influence world
 leaders and governments to further action."
     The Index has already won the support of an influential and
 distinguished group of supporters, many of whom are dedicated to promoting
 global peace, including former U.S. President James Carter, the Dalai Lama,
 Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and Harriet Fulbright of the
 Fulbright Centre.
     "This Index stands to broaden our very definition of what peace is, as
 well as how to achieve it," said Fulbright. "Peace isn't just the absence
 of war; it's the absence of violence."
     "Countries need to become more peaceful to solve the major challenges
 that the world faces - from climate change to overpopulation and
 sustainability," said Mr. McConaghy.
     "We hope that the findings of the Global Peace Index will act as a
 catalyst for increased funding to study peace and for governments and
 industry to take policy action," he added.
     NOTES TO EDITORS
     -- The Global Peace Index covers 121 countries.
     -- The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the country intelligence
        division of The Economist Group that publishes The Economist newspaper,
        has compiled the Index.
     -- The EIU used all its country analysts in gathering and scoring the
        data, in collaboration with its contributor network of 650 people.
     -- The Index is made up of nearly 3,000 data points with another 4,000
        relating to the drivers of peace (6897 in total).
     -- The Global Peace Index has been peer reviewed by an international panel
        of the world's leading peace experts.
     -- Steve Killelea is an Australian IT entrepreneur and philanthropist. He
        is the Chairman and Founder of Integrated Research Ltd. He founded his
        charity, The Charitable Foundation (TCF), in 2000.
     -- TCF specializes in working with the poorest communities in the world
        and is currently active in ten countries including Rwanda, Uganda,
        Laos, Burma and East Timor.
 
 
 
     121 GPI rankings
 
     Countries most at peace ranked first
 
 
     Rank      Country           Score
     1          Norway           1.357
     2     New Zealand           1.363
     3         Denmark           1.377
     4         Ireland           1.396
     5           Japan           1.413
     6         Finland           1.447
     7          Sweden           1.478
     8          Canada           1.481
     9        Portugal           1.481
     10        Austria           1.483
     11        Belgium           1.498
     12        Germany           1.523
     13 Czech Republic           1.524
     14    Switzerland           1.526
     15       Slovenia           1.539
     16          Chile           1.568
     17       Slovakia           1.571
     18        Hungary           1.575
     19         Bhutan           1.611
     20    Netherlands           1.620
     21          Spain           1.633
     22           Oman           1.641
     23      Hong Kong           1.657
     24        Uruguay           1.661
     25      Australia           1.664
     26        Romania           1.682
     27         Poland           1.683
     28        Estonia           1.684
     29      Singapore           1.692
     30          Qatar           1.702
     31     Costa Rica           1.702
     32    South Korea           1.719
     33          Italy           1.724
     34         France           1.729
     35        Vietnam           1.729
     36         Taiwan           1.731
     37       Malaysia           1.744
     38    United Arab
              Emirates           1.747
     39        Tunisia           1.762
     40          Ghana           1.765
     41     Madagascar           1.766
     42       Botswana           1.786
     43      Lithuania           1.788
     44         Greece           1.791
     45         Panama           1.798
     46         Kuwait           1.818
     47         Latvia           1.848
     48        Morocco           1.893
     49 United Kingdom           1.898
     50     Mozambique           1.909
     51         Cyprus           1.915
     52      Argentina           1.923
     53         Zambia           1.930
     54       Bulgaria           1.936
     55       Paraguay           1.946
     56          Gabon           1.952
     57       Tanzania           1.966
     58          Libya           1.967
     59           Cuba           1.968
     60          China           1.980
     61     Kazakhstan           1.995
     62        Bahrain           1.995
     63         Jordan           1.997
     64        Namibia           2.003
     65        Senegal           2.017
     66      Nicaragua           2.020
     67        Croatia           2.030
     68         Malawi           2.038
     69        Bolivia           2.052
     70           Peru           2.056
     71     Equatorial
                Guinea           2.059
     72        Moldova           2.059
     73          Egypt           2.068
     74      Dominican
              Republic           2.071
     75     Bosnia and
           Herzegovina           2.089
     76       Cameroon           2.093
     77          Syria           2.106
     78      Indonesia           2.111
     79         Mexico           2.125
     80        Ukraine           2.150
     81        Jamaica           2.164
     82      Macedonia           2.170
     83         Brazil           2.173
     84         Serbia           2.181
     85       Cambodia           2.197
     86     Bangladesh           2.219
     87        Ecuador           2.219
     88      Papua New
                Guinea           2.223
     89    El Salvador           2.244
     90   Saudi Arabia           2.246
     91          Kenya           2.258
     92         Turkey           2.272
     93      Guatemala           2.285
     94   Trinidad and
                Tobago           2.286
     95          Yemen           2.309
     96  United States
            of America           2.317
     97           Iran           2.320
     98       Honduras           2.390
     99   South Africa           2.399
     100   Philippines           2.428
     101    Azerbaijan           2.448
     102     Venezuela           2.453
     103      Ethiopia           2.479
     104        Uganda           2.489
     105      Thailand           2.491
     106      Zimbabwe           2.495
     107       Algeria           2.503
     108       Myanmar           2.524
     109         India           2.530
     110    Uzbekistan           2.542
     111     Sri Lanka           2.575
     112        Angola           2.587
     113 Cote d'Ivoire           2.638
     114       Lebanon           2.662
     115      Pakistan           2.697
     116      Colombia           2.770
     117       Nigeria           2.898
     118        Russia           2.903
     119        Israel           3.033
     120         Sudan           3.182
     121          Iraq           3.437
 
 

SOURCE Global Peace Index

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