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Appendix 2B. The Global Peace Index 2010



The Global Peace Index (GPI) seeks to determine what cultural attributes and institutions are associated with states of peace. It ranks 149 countries by their relative states of peace using 23 indicators.

The most and least peaceful states, 2010
Rank Country Score Rank Country Score
1   New Zealand   1.188 145  Pakistan 3.050
2   Iceland 1.212 146  Sudan 3.125
3   Japan 1.247 147  Afghanistan 3.252
4   Austria 1.290 148 Somalia 3.390
5   Norway 1.322 149  Iraq 3.406

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


Tim Macintyre (Australia) is Head of Global Research at the Institute for Economics and Peace, which produces the Global Peace Index.

Camilla Schippa (Italy) is a Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace, where she manages the development of the Global Peace Index as well as the research carried out internationally on and around the index.