Appendix 2B. The Global Peace Index 2009

CLYDE McCONAGHY

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Summary

The Global Peace Index (GPI) seeks to determine what cultural attributes and institutions are associated with states of peace. It ranks 144 countries by their relative states of peace using 23 indicators.

The most and least peaceful states, 2009
Rank Country Score
Rank Country Score
1  
New Zealand  
1.202
140 
Sudan
2.922
2  
Denmark 1.217
141 
Israel 3.035
3  
Norway 1.217
142 
Somalia 3.257
4  
Iceland
1.225
143 
Afghanistan   3.285
5  
Austria
1.252
144 
Iraq 3.341

Small, stable and democratic countries are consistently ranked highly. Island states also generally fare well.

 

Clyde McConaghy (Australia) is Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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