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Most dangerous countries in the world – ranked

The world is a more dangerous place today than it was in 2008 according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The ninth edition of the report – the only statistical measure of its kind – makes it possible to rank 162 independent states based on how peaceful they are (or, conversely, how dangerous). The report suggests that globally “levels of peace remained stable over the last year” but are still lower than in 2008.

The 162 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.

An increasingly divided world

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The index allows for analysis of individual geographical regions. The most significant change in a region was documented in the Middle East and North Africa where several countries have suffered from an upsurge in violence, militarisation and civil unrest.

Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan unsurprisingly are the most dangerous countries in the world. Other deeply fragile states include the African countries of Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pakistan and North Korea are the 9th and 10th most dangerous countries in the world.

Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region in the world with the most peaceful countries being Iceland, Denmark and Austria. Fifteen of the 20 most peaceful countries are in Europe.

Since last year, 81 countries have become more peaceful while 78 have deteriorated. The biggest improvements were seen in Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Benin while Libya suffered the most severe deterioration, now ranking as the 14th most dangerous country in the world. Ukraine suffered the second-largest deterioration, ranking slightly worse at 13th.

Most dangerous countries in the world

RANK COUNTRY SCORE
1 Syria 3.645
2 Iraq 3.444
3 Afghanistan 3.427
4 South Sudan 3.383
5 Central African Republic 3.332
6 Somalia 3.307
7 Sudan 3.295
8 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.085
9 Pakistan 3.049
10 North Korea 2.977
11 Russia 2.954
12 Nigeria 2.91
13 Ukraine 2.845
14 Libya 2.819
15 Israel 2.781
16 Yemen 2.751
17 Colombia 2.72
18 Lebanon 2.623
19 Mexico 2.53
20 India 2.504
21 Venezuela 2.493
22 Philippines 2.462
23 Chad 2.429
24 Rwanda 2.42
25 Iran 2.409
26 Egypt 2.382
27 South Africa 2.376
28 Turkey 2.363
29 Cameroon 2.349
30 Kenya 2.342
31 Azerbaijan 2.325
32 Burundi 2.323
33 Myanmar 2.323
34 Niger 2.32
35 Mali 2.31
36 Eritrea 2.309
37 Thailand 2.303
38 Zimbabwe 2.294
39 China 2.267
40 El Salvador 2.263
41 Mauritania 2.262
42 Kyrgyz Republic 2.249
43 Guinea-Bissau 2.235
44 Ethiopia 2.234
45 Guatemala 2.215
46 Guinea 2.214
46 Honduras 2.21
48 Republic of the Congo 2.196
49 Sri Lanka 2.188
49 Uzbekistan 2.187
51 Cambodia 2.179
52 Uganda 2.179
53 Belarus 2.173
54 Jamaica 2.153
55 Tajikistan 2.152
56 Bahrain 2.142
57 Turkmenistan 2.138
58 Cote d’ Ivoire 2.133
59 Algeria 2.131
60 Brazil 2.122
61 Djibouti 2.113
62 Swaziland 2.102
63 Dominican Republic 2.089
64 The Gambia 2.086
64 Haiti 2.074
66 Trinidad and Tobago 2.07
67 Papua New Guinea 2.064
68 Saudi Arabia 2.042
69 United States of America 2.038
70 Guyana 2.029
71 Peru 2.029
71 Armenia 2.028
71 Bolivia 2.025
74 Paraguay 2.023
74 Angola 2.02
76 Kazakhstan 2.008
77 Morocco 2.002
78 Bangladesh 1.997
79 Ecuador 1.997
80 Burkina Faso 1.994
81 Cuba 1.988
82 Equatorial Guinea 1.987
83 Mozambique 1.976
84 Georgia 1.973
84 Liberia 1.963
86 Benin 1.958
87 Tunisia 1.952
88 Nicaragua 1.947
89 Oman 1.947
90 Jordan 1.944
91 Macedonia (FYR) 1.944
92 Togo 1.944
92 Moldova 1.942
94 Kosovo 1.938
95 Cyprus 1.924
96 Madagascar 1.911
97 Gabon 1.904
98 Panama 1.903
99 Tanzania 1.903
100 Lesotho 1.891
101 Nepal 1.882
102 Greece 1.878
103 Argentina 1.865
104 Sierra Leone 1.864
105 Timor-Leste 1.86
106 Montenegro 1.854
107 Vietnam 1.848
108 Zambia 1.846
109 Ghana 1.84
110 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.839
111 Albania 1.821
111 Malawi 1.814
113 United Arab Emirates 1.805
114 Senegal 1.805
115 Namibia 1.784
116 Indonesia 1.768
117 Serbia 1.768
118 France 1.742
119 Uruguay 1.721
120 Mongolia 1.706
121 South Korea 1.701
122 Laos 1.7
123 Latvia 1.695
124 United Kingdom 1.685
125 Estonia 1.677
126 Lithuania 1.674
127 Italy 1.669
128 Taiwan 1.657
129 Costa Rica 1.654
130 Kuwait 1.626
130 Bulgaria 1.607
132 Botswana 1.597
133 Qatar 1.568
134 Chile 1.563
135 Malaysia 1.561
136 Croatia 1.55
137 Romania 1.542
138 Mauritius 1.503
139 Singapore 1.49
140 Slovakia 1.478
141 Hungary 1.463
142 Spain 1.451
143 Netherlands 1.432
144 Poland 1.43
145 Bhutan 1.416
146 Norway 1.393
147 Germany 1.379
148 Slovenia 1.378
149 Belgium 1.368
150 Sweden 1.36
151 Ireland 1.354
152 Portugal 1.344
153 Czech Republic 1.341
154 Australia 1.329
155 Japan 1.322
156 Canada 1.287
157 Finland 1.277
158 Switzerland 1.275
159 New Zealand 1.221
160 Austria 1.198
161 Denmark 1.15
162 Iceland 1.148

Download the full Global Peace Index (GPI) report.

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