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Appendix 2B. The Global Peace Index 2011


The Global Peace Index (GPI) seeks to determine what cultural attributes and institutions are associated with states of peace. It ranks 153 countries by their relative states of peace using 23 indicators.

The most and least peaceful states, 2011
Rank Country Score Rank Country Score
1   Iceland  1.148   149  North Korea   3.092
2   New Zealand 1.279   150  Afghanistan 3.212
3   Japan 1.287   151  Sudan 3.223
4   Denmark 1.289   152 Iraq 3.296
5   Czech Republic   1.320   153  Somalia 3.379

Iceland regained first place due to restored political stability. Island nations generally fare well, with most in the top half of the GPI, as do small, stable and democratic countries.



Camilla Schippa (Italy) is a Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Daniel Hyslop (Australia) is Research Manager at the Institute for Economics and Peace.