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Most dangerous countries in the world 2017 – ranked

The most dangerous countries in the world have been updated for 2017. The world is a slightly less 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 11th 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 world has become slightly more peaceful compared to the prior year, with an average increase in peacefulness of 0.28 per cent. While 93 countries had improved levels of peacefulness, compared to 63 that deteriorated, the gap between the most and least peaceful countries has grown.”

The 163 states cover over 99.7% 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.

The 163 states cover over 99.7% of the world’s population

A DIVIDED WORLD

Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for the second successive year, always ranking among the five most dangerous countries in the world since the start of its civil war in 2013. Iraq and Afghanistan have also remained among the five most dangerous countries in the world. Like Syria, they have been one of the five most dangerous since 2013.

South Sudan is now the fourth most dangerous country having experienced a steady decline in recent years, dropping 15 places since it became independent from Sudan in 2011. Yemen’s deterioration has it ranked as the fifth most dangerous country – it was sixth last year. The country has fallen considerably in the index since 2008.

Two African countries were the largest risers and fallers this year

At the other end of the scale, Iceland has maintained its position as the most peaceful country in the world. It has been ranked as the world’s most peaceful country every year since 2008. Denmark dropped from the second most peaceful country to fifth, while Portugal has moved up to third – its highest ranking since the inception of the index.

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Europe remains the most peaceful geographical region in the world. The Middle East and Africa (MENA) still suffer from the same regional conflicts that have plagued them since the scramble for Africa at the end of the nineteenth century, meaning the most dangerous countries in the world of 2016 have remained just as volatile.


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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.

Editor’s note: Please don’t be put off from seeing the world. Travelling is the best way to open your eyes to other people’s experiences. If you want to see more of the world but don’t know where to start, start here.

RankCountryScore
1Syria3.814
2Afghanistan3.567
3Iraq3.556
4South Sudan3.524
5Yemen3.412
6Somalia3.387
7Libya3.328
8Central African Republic3.213
9Sudan3.213
10Ukraine3.184
11Democratic Republic of the Congo3.061
12Pakistan3.058
13Russia3.047
14North Korea2.967
15Nigeria2.849
16Lebanon2.782
17Colombia2.777
18Turkey2.777
19Palestine2.774
20Israel2.707
21Venezuela2.652
22Mexico2.646
23Burundi2.641
24Mali2.596
25Egypt2.583
26Philippines2.555
27India2.541
28Eritrea2.505
29Chad2.495
30Ethiopia2.477
31Saudi Arabia2.474
32Azerbaijan2.426
33Bahrain2.404
34Cameroon2.390
35Iran2.364
36Mauritania2.355
37Zimbabwe2.352
38Niger2.343
39Kenya2.336
40Republic of the Congo2.334
41South Africa2.324
42Guinea-Bissau2.309
43Cote d' Ivoire2.307
44Thailand2.286
45Turkmenistan2.270
46Tajikistan2.263
47Guatemala2.245
48China2.242
49El Salvador2.239
50United States of America2.232
51Rwanda2.227
52Armenia2.220
53Kyrgyz Republic2.216
54The Gambia2.211
55Algeria2.201
56Brazil2.199
57Djibouti2.196
58Honduras2.185
59Uganda2.182
60Myanmar2.179
61Belarus2.141
62Macedonia (FYR)2.133
63Uzbekistan2.132
64Angola2.116
65Dominican Republic2.114
66Papua New Guinea2.095
67Trinidad and Tobago2.095
68Guinea2.089
69Jordan2.087
70Georgia2.084
71Nepal2.080
72Jamaica2.072
73Burkina Faso2.070
74Lesotho2.066
75Cambodia2.065
76Cuba2.056
77Gabon2.052
78Bolivia2.045
79Bangladesh2.035
80Bosnia and Herzegovina2.035
81Haiti2.026
82Liberia2.023
83Guyana2.021
84Sri Lanka2.019
85Benin2.014
86Mozambique2.013
87Swaziland2.010
88Kosovo2.007
89Morocco2.004
90Nicaragua2.002
91Greece1.998
92Kazakhstan1.992
93Peru1.986
94Oman1.983
95Tunisia1.977
96Paraguay1.961
97Montenegro1.950
98Ecuador1.948
99United Arab Emirates1.944
100Cyprus1.940
101Togo1.939
102Moldova1.938
103Equatorial Guinea1.930
104Senegal1.929
105Vietnam1.919
106Kuwait1.909
107Albania1.908
108Serbia1.888
109Argentina1.880
110Tanzania1.876
111Timor-Leste1.866
112Indonesia1.850
113France1.839
114Namibia1.838
115Panama1.835
116Malawi1.825
117South Korea1.823
118Mongolia1.801
119Laos1.800
120Madagascar1.797
121Ghana1.793
122United Kingdom1.786
123Zambia1.786
124Taiwan1.782
125Sierra Leone1.760
126Italy1.737
127Lithuania1.732
128Estonia1.712
129Uruguay1.709
130Costa Rica1.701
131Poland1.676
132Latvia1.670
133Croatia1.665
134Qatar1.664
135Malaysia1.637
136Bulgaria1.631
137Botswana1.622
138Slovakia1.611
139Romania1.600
140Chile1.595
141Spain1.568
142Mauritius1.547
143Singapore1.534
144Belgium1.525
145Netherlands1.525
146Sweden1.516
147Finland1.515
148Germany1.500
149Hungary1.494
150Norway1.486
151Bhutan1.474
152Australia1.425
153Ireland1.408
154Japan1.408
155Switzerland1.373
156Canada1.371
157Slovenia1.364
158Czech Republic1.360
159Denmark1.337
160Austria1.265
161Portugal1.258
162New Zealand1.241
163Iceland1.111

Download the full Global Peace Index (GPI) report.

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