A research group has come out with their list ranking countries by peacefulness. Here are the 10 safest and the 5 most dangerous countries.
The Safest Places to Live
America is a wonderful place to live, but we endure more than our fair share of violence. Murders, violent crime, not to mention the multiple wars in which we are involved all help explain why the U.S. is fairly far down on the list of the most peaceful countries in the world. The Institute for Economics and Peace, based in Australia, has compiled its annual Global Peace Index and found that the U.S. ranks as the 85th most peaceful country out of 149. That means we fall behind countries like Cuba (72) and Nepal (82), a nation that has been has been on the verge of political revolt for several years. The study is based on a long list of factors that the Institute deems crucial for measuring a country’s peacefulness. Factors include the level of violent crime, the likelihood of violent demonstrations and the degree of political stability. Beyond this, the study also takes into account the amount of money that the country invests in military, the percent of the population that is currently in jail and the ease with which citizens can get their hands on weapons. Each of these factors are weighted, with domestic factors counting a bit more than external factors. Here are the 10 most peaceful countries in the world and, just for comparison, we are also including the five most dangerous countries as well.