World's most and least peaceful countries ranked

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World's Most And Least Peaceful Countries Ranked


The Institute for Economics and Peace has compiled a list of 162 countries outlining where violence is most and least prevalent.

Iceland is the most peaceful place in the world based on the organization's assessment.

Its Nordic neighbors Denmark and Finland were also determined to be particularly safe, tranquil places.

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World's most and least peaceful countries ranked

Most Peaceful Countries

10. Czech Republic

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Least Peaceful Countries

10. North Korea

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Most Peaceful Countries

9. Australia

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Least Peaceful Countries

9. Pakistan

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Most Peaceful Countries

8. Japan

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Least Peaceful Countries

8. Democratic Republic of Congo

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Most Peaceful Countries

7. Canada

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Least Peaceful Countries

7. Sudan

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6. Finland

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Least Peaceful Countries

6. Somalia

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5. Switzerland

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Least Peaceful Countries

5. Central African Republic

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Most Peaceful Countries

4. New Zealand

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Least Peaceful Countries

4. South Sudan

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3. Austria

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Least Peaceful Countries

3. Afghanistan

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Most Peaceful Countries

2. Denmark

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Least Peaceful Countries

2. Iraq

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Most Peaceful Countries

1. Iceland

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Least Peaceful Countries

1. Syria

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The United States ranked right around the middle, at 94.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Iraq and Syria are the most conflicted areas on Earth.

Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic weren't too far behind.

Others among the 10 most violent nations include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, and North Korea.

Russia barely escaped inclusion in that short list, being designated as having the 11th lowest state of peace.

Factors that were considered in compiling the list include instances of violent crime, the importing of weapons, and the size of a country's prison population.

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