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Most dangerous countries in the world 2018 – ranked

The most dangerous countries in the world have been updated for 2018. Read our insights from the study and browse the rankings below.

The global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27% over the last year according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report.

The 12th 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 99.7% of the world’s population and are assessed using 23 indicators, each banded or normalised on a scale of 1-5.

The index, produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), 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.

A DIVIDED WORLD

This is the fourth successive year that the global level of peace has deteriorated. A total of 92 countries are more dangerous than the preceding year while 71 countries are less dangerous. Additionally, this is the highest number of countries to deteriorate in a single year since 2010.

Syria remains the most dangerous country for the third successive year and has consistently ranked among the five most dangerous countries in the world since the start of its civil war in 2013.

Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia are also ranked as some of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world

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. After Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark are the most peaceful countries in the world.

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For the 10th successive year, Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region in the world. However, both Europe and North America became less peaceful overall. In Europe, 23 of 36 countries deteriorated. The United States (43rd) has declined for two consecutive years and is now at its most dangerous since 2012.

The Middle East and Africa still suffer from the same regional conflicts that have plagued them since the scramble for Africa at the end of the 19th century, meaning the most dangerous countries in the world of 2017 are largely just as volatile.

Sub-Saharan Africa was home to four of the five largest improvements in peacefulness with Gambia, Liberia, Iraq, Burundi and Senegal improving their GPI score the most.

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.

RANK
COUNTRYSCORE
1Syria3.600
2Afghanistan3.585
3South Sudan3.508
4Iraq3.425
5Somalia3.367
6Yemen3.305
7Libya3.262
8Democratic Republic of the Congo3.251
9Central African Republic3.236
10Russia3.160
11Sudan3.155
12Ukraine3.113
13Pakistan3.079
14North Korea2.950
15Turkey2.898
16Nigeria2.873
17Lebanon2.778
18Israel2.764
19Colombia2.729
20Mali2.686
21Venezuela2.642
22Egypt2.632
23Palestine2.621
24Mexico2.583
25Ethiopia2.524
26Eritrea2.522
27Philippines2.512
28India2.504
29Chad2.498
30Burundi2.488
31Cameroon2.484
32Azerbaijan2.454
33Iran2.439
34Bahrain2.437
35Saudi Arabia2.417
36Niger2.359
37Mauritania2.355
38Republic of the Congo2.343
39South Africa2.328
40Zimbabwe2.326
41Kenya2.315
42Myanmar2.302
43United States of America2.300
44Armenia2.287
45Turkmenistan2.283
46Honduras2.282
47El Salvador2.275
48Guinea-Bissau2.275
49Djibouti2.269
50Tajikistan2.266
51Thailand2.259
52China2.243
53Guatemala2.214
54Cote d' Ivoire2.207
55Algeria2.182
56Kyrgyz Republic2.181
57Uganda2.168
58Brazil2.160
59Uzbekistan2.144
60Lesotho2.144
61Rwanda2.140
62Georgia2.130
63Belarus2.112
64Papua New Guinea2.109
65Togo2.104
66Jordan2.104
67Cambodia2.101
68Guinea2.101
69Gabon2.099
70Bolivia2.092
71Bangladesh2.084
72Kosovo2.078
73Dominican Republic2.073
74Jamaica2.068
75Bosnia and Herzegovina2.065
76Haiti2.064
77Macedonia (FYR)2.058
78Mozambique2.056
79Trinidad and Tobago2.053
80Nepal2.053
81Angola2.048
82Guyana2.043
83Cuba2.037
84Burkina Faso2.029
85Greece2.020
86Tunisia1.998
87Paraguay1.997
88The Gambia1.989
89Ecuador1.987
90Peru1.986
91Oman1.984
92Swaziland1.980
93Morocco1.979
94Kazakhstan1.974
95Benin1.973
96Nicaragua1.960
97Sri Lanka1.954
98Argentina1.947
99Equatorial Guinea1.946
100Moldova1.939
101Liberia1.931
102Cyprus1.913
103France1.909
104Vietnam1.905
105Timor-Leste1.895
106Montenegro1.893
107United Kingdom1.876
108Qatar1.869
109Indonesia1.853
110Serbia1.851
111Senegal1.849
112Albania1.849
113Tanzania1.837
114Panama1.826
115South Korea1.823
116Zambia1.822
117Mongolia1.821
118Laos1.821
119United Arab Emirates1.820
120Malawi1.811
121Namibia1.806
122Kuwait1.799
123Ghana1.772
124Costa Rica1.767
125Madagascar1.766
126Italy1.766
127Uruguay1.761
128Lithuania1.749
129Sierra Leone1.740
130Taiwan1.736
131Estonia1.732
132Poland1.727
133Latvia1.689
134Spain1.678
135Botswana1.659
136Chile1.649
137Croatia1.639
138Bulgaria1.635
139Malaysia1.619
140Romania1.596
141Netherlands1.574
142Slovakia1.568
143Belgium1.560
144Mauritius1.548
145Bhutan1.545
146Hungary1.531
147Germany1.531
148Norway1.519
149Finland1.506
150Sweden1.502
151Australia1.435
152Switzerland1.407
153Slovenia1.396
154Ireland1.393
155Japan1.391
156Singapore1.382
157Czech Republic1.381
158Canada1.372
159Denmark1.353
160Portugal1.318
161Austria1.274
162New Zealand1.192
163Iceland1.096
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