And the Most Peaceful Country in the World Is …

Somalia is not a top holiday destination, according to the Global Peace Index

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Anyone seeking that elusive state of affairs known as peace on earth had better have an appetite for volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Iceland, the Nordic island with no standing army and the smallest population of any NATO member state, is the most peaceful country in the world, according to the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

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Iceland is one of the most progressive nations on the planet: its welfare system offers health care and higher education for each of its 320,000 citizens; it is powered in large part by renewable geothermal energy (see volcanoes, above); and it was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

While the country has hit some thin ice — in 2008 it basically went bankrupt, prompting public riots, and in 2010 an unpronounceable Icelandic volcano wreaked travel chaos across the North Atlantic — its general reputation as a pleasant liberal paradise put it at No. 1 on the list.

Iceland is followed by Denmark and New Zealand, which tied for second place.

Out of the 158 countries listed, the war-torn East African nation of Somalia came in dead last, while Syria, which the U.N. says has devolved into civil war, dropped more than 30 places in the rankings.

For those countries on the bottom half of the leaderboard, there is still hope: the Institute for Economics and Peace reports that the world has become a more peaceful place overall for the first time since 2009.

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Vidald
Vidald

Terrible reporting FOX....did anyone of you ever heard of Switzerland? On education and on peace? Please check some facts before writing stories that just ake no sense at all. Sad to say, that is why I selten tune in to FOX nor check their web page. Hot air and one sided political reporting is all what FOX News is all about!

Akhmal
Akhmal

How about Brunei Darussalam of former Britain former colony sitting on North coastal part of Borneo with population of half a million. It worth of checking this small country with one of the highest GDP and ranked 5th of world by gross domestic product per capita at purchasing power parity and a debt free country. 

azmalhome
azmalhome

Kuala Lumpur is like any metropolis. The world’s tallest twin tower has one here. it’s known to all for the safest and small city.

there’s used helicopter for top largest safety and security. still it’s horrible . the city isn’t  able to abide for a feeble at all.

To see a street corner, just looks like the mail box darkness. And there will be afraid of shadow.
Sometimes it’s dangerous to walk home alone.  A few people and police are terrible at knight. I trust
it will be increase day by day, and the fears belong with other people, that’s for most of feeble people.
I expected that never touch me anyone, now i hate it. When i go to bed at night, all lonely belong to me.

The hurt are felt in me vein.my skins crawls, every Fancy’s darkness. I wonder who’re me who want to be with me here again.

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DanCummings
DanCummings

@Vidald TIME is not FOX. You should do more homework and read more broadly to expand your horizons and counter your prejudices which so clearly control your thinking.