The ninth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) has been released and it is no surprise to see countries which often stay away from armed conflicts sitting at the forefront of the list. This year’s ranking indicates that some regions changed for good in peace terms while some other regions turned more violent. Of course, some nations are basking in unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.
It is important to note the criteria used in ranking these countries. Global Peace Index uses 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources to rank 162 independent states, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population. Thus, the index measures global peace using three broad themes: The level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.
According to the 2015 Global Peace Index, here’s where to reside on this bad wide globe if serenity is what you are looking for.
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean Island state is the most peaceful country in Africa and the 25th in the world in 2015 according to Global Peace Index published recently. The country in its entirety has different cultures and traditions flourishing in peace and prosperity, though Mauritian Creoles, descendants of African slaves who make up a third of the population, still live in poverty.
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Singapore is not only peaceful, it is also organized. The country has stunning verdant city landscapes that are beautiful and ornamental. The country has always ensured it is a good neighbor to fellow countries by creating social, peaceful, economic and friendly political relations with all countries. Singapore is leading the way on green initiatives as regards energy, water conservation and the environment. The country grants its friendly welcome, great food, and safe urban areas to visitors and citizens alike.
Slovakia, a country in Central Europe is the 23rd most peaceful country according to 2015 Global Peace Index. The country caters to the five million people living in it. It has an area of about 49,000 square kilometers (19,000 sq mi). Though the surface area of Slovakia might seem small, the country is great in its attractions. The country features some wonderful natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas, ski resorts and awesome food.
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If you are searching for a country that offers gastronomic delights, cultural treats and recreation opportunities, then Hungary is the best place to find them all. The country is not just peaceful, it is also attractive. When you think of a place that houses Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, fine architecture, art collections, cultural events, and historic sites, think Hungary. The country is well adorned with history and national pride. Amazingly, the inhabitants are not famous for their combative nature rather they are known for their friendly nature.
The 2015 Global Peace Index ranked Spain 22nd out of 162 states worldwide based on the country’s safety and security, domestic and international conflicts as well as the degree of militarization. The country is not just a peaceful zone but also a traveler’s paradise. Outside being stunning, the country is home to some of the world’s most beautiful monuments and has more things and places that will get your jaw dropped right on the floor.