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Appendix 2B. The Global Peace Index 2009

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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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