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Most dangerous countries in the world 2016

The most dangerous countries in the world have been updated for 2016. The world is a more dangerous place than it was a year ago according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The 10th edition of the report – the only statistical measure of its kind – makes it possible to rank 163 independent states based on how peaceful they are (or, conversely, how dangerous).

The 163 states cover over 99% of the world’s population and are assessed using 23 indicators, each banded or normalised on a scale of 1-5. 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 militarisation.

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The index allows for analysis of individual geographical regions. Regional conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) intensified meaning the most dangerous countries in the world of 2015 became even more volatile. It’s startling that the current concentration of violence and conflict in MENA is so intense that when considered separately, the rest of the world’s average peace levels improved.


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A DIVIDED WORLD

Syria, South Sudan and Iraq are the most dangerous countries in the world. Other deeply fragile states include Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Central African Republic. Pakistan and North Korea moved out of the top 10 while Ukraine is now ranked eighth due to the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. According to the report:

“The number of refugees and displaced persons has risen dramatically over the last decade, doubling to approximately 60 million people between 2007 and 2016, nearly 1% of the world’s population. There are now nine countries with more than 10% of their population displaced in some form; 20% of Somalia and South Sudan’s population respectively, and over 60% of Syria’s.”

Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region with Iceland, Denmark and Austria the most peaceful countries in the world. However, despite Europe’s relative peacefulness, the average score in Europe deteriorated. This is due to terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels as well as the escalation of violence and instability in Turkey – a country which has also suffered deeply – now ranked 19th from 28th last year.

The largest improvement since 2016 was in Central America and the Caribbean, while South America also made progress in its levels of peacefulness. MENA had the largest decline, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific respectively.

MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

Sort the table to view the ranking by either the most peaceful or the most dangerous countries in the world.

RankCountryScore
1Syria3.806
2South Sudan3.593
3Iraq3.570
4Afghanistan3.538
5Somalia3.414
6Yemen3.399
7Central African Republic3.354
8Ukraine3.287
9Sudan3.269
10Libya3.200
11Pakistan3.145
12Democratic Republic of the Congo3.112
13Russia3.079
14North Korea2.944
15Nigeria2.877
16Palestine2.832
17Colombia2.764
18Lebanon2.752
19Turkey2.710
20Israel2.656
21Venezuela2.651
22Egypt2.574
23India2.566
24Mexico2.557
25Philippines2.511
26Burundi2.500
27Mali2.489
28Chad2.464
29Eritrea2.460
30Azerbaijan2.450
31Iran2.411
32Bahrain2.398
33Kenya2.379
34Cameroon2.356
35Saudi Arabia2.338
36Rwanda2.323
37Zimbabwe2.322
38South Africa2.316
39Thailand2.312
40Kyrgyz Republic2.297
41Mauritania2.295
42Tajikistan2.293
43Djibouti2.292
44China2.288
45Ethiopia2.284
46Cote d' Ivoire2.279
47Guatemala2.270
48Guinea-Bissau2.264
49Myanmar2.256
50Republic of the Congo2.249
51Niger2.239
52Honduras2.237
53El Salvador2.237
54Armenia2.218
55Uzbekistan2.216
56Algeria2.213
57Belarus2.202
58Turkmenistan2.202
59Brazil2.176
60Cambodia2.161
61United States of America2.154
62Guinea2.148
63Uganda2.148
64Dominican Republic2.143
65Papua New Guinea2.143
66Angola2.140
67Sri Lanka2.133
68Jordan2.127
69Guyana2.105
70Macedonia (FYR)2.092
71The Gambia2.091
72Jamaica2.091
73Morocco2.086
74Swaziland2.074
75Haiti2.066
76Burkina Faso2.063
77Cuba2.057
78Georgia2.057
79Peru2.057
80Trinidad and Tobago2.056
81Bangladesh2.045
82Greece2.044
83Bolivia2.038
84Paraguay2.037
85Gabon2.033
86Nepal2.026
87Kosovo2.022
88Ecuador2.020
89Kazakhstan2.019
90Oman2.016
91Benin1.998
92Liberia1.998
93Cyprus1.994
94Senegal1.978
95Nicaragua1.975
96Mozambique1.963
97Argentina1.957
98Togo1.954
99Moldova1.953
100Tunisia1.949
101Lesotho1.941
102Equatorial Guinea1.940
103United Arab Emirates1.931
104Bosnia and Herzegovina1.915
105Vietnam1.906
106Tanzania1.899
107Montenegro1.884
108Timor-Leste1.879
109Namibia1.873
110Albania1.867
111South Korea1.858
112Laos1.852
113Kuwait1.842
114Mongolia1.838
115Panama1.837
116Serbia1.834
117United Kingdom1.830
118France1.829
119Malawi1.817
120Ghana1.809
121Sierra Leone1.805
122Indonesia1.799
123Taiwan1.787
124Zambia1.783
125Italy1.774
126Madagascar1.763
127Lithuania1.735
128Estonia1.732
129Uruguay1.726
130Qatar1.716
131Costa Rica1.699
132Latvia1.680
133Romania1.649
134Malaysia1.648
135Bulgaria1.646
136Botswana1.639
137Chile1.635
138Croatia1.633
139Spain1.604
140Slovakia1.603
141Mauritius1.559
142Poland1.557
143Netherlands1.541
144Singapore1.535
145Hungary1.534
146Belgium1.528
147Norway1.500
148Germany1.486
149Australia1.465
150Sweden1.461
151Bhutan1.445
152Ireland1.433
153Finland1.429
154Slovenia1.408
155Japan1.395
156Canada1.388
157Switzerland1.370
158Czech Republic1.360
159Portugal1.356
160New Zealand1.287
161Austria1.278
162Denmark1.246
163Iceland1.192

Download the full Global Peace Index (GPI) report.

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