Prague, Czech Republic – According to the Global Peace Index 2019, released annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Central European countries rank among the safest nations in the world.
Now in its 13th edition, the Global Peace Index ranks 163 countries worldwide according to their level of peacefulness and is widely considered to be the leading reference report in that area. Its ranking is based on 23 indicators and three main domains: Safety & Security, Ongoing Conflict and Militarization.
The “average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly in 2019”, according to the report, with safety levels improving in 86 countries and deteriorating in 76 of them.
Visegrad Group countries in top 30 safest countries in the world
Ranked as the most peaceful country in the world since 2008, Iceland remains in the lead this year, followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark.
Then come Canada, Singapore, Slovenia, Japan and the Czech Republic, ranked as the 10th safest country in the world, well ahead of its Central European neighbours but losing three spots compared to the 2018 Global Peace Index. It’s the sixth safest country among EU member states.
Rising one spot in the ranking, Hungary comes at the 21st position, logged between Norway and Germany, closely followed by Slovakia (23rd, same spot as last year) and Poland (29th, moving up three positions). To be noted that Hungary ranks second most peaceful country in the world in the Militarization domain.
United States at the bottom of the ranking
Tied with Laos at the 45th position, the United Kingdom is among the worst-ranking EU countries in terms of peacefulness, only ahead of France (60th), Cyprus (63rd) and Greece (65th). Every European country still fares much better than the United States, ranked at the… 128th position, making it the least peaceful Western country in the world, logged between South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom of Bhutan reported the largest increase, rising 43 places, in the last 12 years, while Ukraine, Sudan and Egypt had the biggest improvement year-on-year.
Afghanistan replaces Syria, now second, as the least peaceful country on earth, with South Sudan, Yemen and Iraq rounding up the bottom 5.