It took some searching, but it seems we’ve found common ground with Iran.
We’re ranked just ahead of them on Global Peace Index. We’re #96 – they’re #97.
Out of 121 nations ranked using 24 indicators ranging from involvements in wars in the last 5 years and defense spending to domestic violent crimes, prison populations and distrust by citizens of each other, we rank about midway in the bottom third of nations, ahead of Iran, but below Yemen.
The countries at the bottom? Well there’s Iraq.
But just ahead of Iraq stand Israel and Russia, two countries plagued by terrorism and domestic strife.
The most peaceful country?
Norway. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Really. Have you ever heard anyone diss Norway?
The most important element contributing to a country’s peacefulness? How about stable incomes for citizens and democratic rule?
“Democracy didn’t actually correlate with peace, but a well-functioning democracy did. Efficient, accountable government seems to be the leading determinant of peace. Beyond that, income helps.”
Fifteen of the top 20 most peaceful nations are in Western Europe, and countries with higher income appeared to lead to higher levels of peace….
North American editorial director, intelligence unit, The Economist Group
So it seems peace and prosperity go hand in hand.
As John Lennon might say, Imagine that….