Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Global Peace Index

Iceland is the most peaceful country to live in. Hong Kong is 23rd, Italy is 28th, UK 49th, Canada 11th and the US is 97th out of the 140 countries in the list. Checkout how your home country ranks: Global Peace Index.

The "Global Peace Index," compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the United States 97th out of 140 countries according to how peaceful they were domestically and how they interacted with the outside world.

Small, stable and democratic countries were found to be the most peaceful in the index, with 16 of the top 20 coming from western or central European democracies.

The index looks at 24 indicators of external and internal measures of peace, including U.N. deployments overseas and levels of violent crime, respect for human rights, the number of soldiers killed overseas and arms sales.

The index was launched under the auspices of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a new think tank that looks at the relationship between economics, business and peace. (Reuters)

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