December 2017 Travel Guide

Updated Tour Guide

Ranking Peace Of The Countries Of The World

When we think of peace we envision harmony and quiet, security and tranquility. Peace is what we have when we are not surrounded by civil disturbances, oppressive thoughts, actions or emotions; when we are in security we have peace.

To try and create the equation that allows us to formulate a meaningful ranking of the “peace” of a nation is not easy. The choice of data we use to assign a weight across various categories will in some ways predetermine a narrow view of the definition of peace because every nation is built on different values, different cultures, religions and beliefs yet by attempting to classify and rank the countries by a certain peace ranking means we have benchmarks and ideals to strive for, at least in the eyes of the researches compiling their data sets.

Peace is a concept that is much like a mandala or a web with a central point radiating outwards. If peace is the central star of our mandala the supporting pillars would be: a well-functioning and honest government, acceptance of the rights of others, equitable distribution of resources, high levels of human capital, etc. etc.

The list and ranking of peaceful countries is separate from the list and ranking of safe destinations for travel as tourism often showcases the best side of a country. Highly secure tourist areas, resorts, hotels, parks, beaches and tourist attractions can be very safe even when they are in a country that is not considered as being very peaceful according to this list. It does however, help a traveler analyze the potential location for a safe holiday.

Like an intrinsic cycle, peace, like conflict, can be both virtuous or vicious. Conflict and war can work as a process where negative feedback is reinforced and vicious cycles of violence can be spawned or perpetuated. Alternatively, as we seek peace, positive feedback loops are where more positive and virtuous cycles are created and perpetuated.

The ranking of most peaceful countries in the world compiled with the hard work of the Institute for Economics and Peace are based on criteria that includes measurements in over 160 countries in such categories as:

  • Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age
  • Percentage of the population subjected to physical, psychological or sexual violence
  • Proportion of people that feel safe walking alone around the area they live
  • Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population
  • Level of perceived criminality in society
  • Levels of healthy lives and the nations actions to promote well-being for all at all ages


Peace Rank of European Countries
Peace Rank of North, South & Central America & The Caribbean
Peace Rank of Oceania, Eurasia, Asia Pacific & South Asia
Peace Rank of The Middle East, North Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa
 Iceland 1
 Denmark 2
 Austria 3
 New Zealand 4
 Portugal 5
 Czech Republic 6
 Switzerland 7
 Canada 8
 Japan 9
 Slovenia 10
 Finland 11
 Ireland 12
 Bhutan 13
 Sweden 14
 Australia 15
 Germany 16
 Norway 17
 Belgium 18
 Hungary 19
 Singapore 20
 Netherlands 21
 Poland 22
 Mauritius 23
 Slovakia 24
 Spain 25
 Croatia 26
 Chile 27
 Botswana 28
 Bulgaria 29
 Malaysia 30
 Romania 31
 Latvia 32
 Costa Rica 33
 Qatar 34
 Uruguay 35
 Estonia 36
 Lithuania 37
 Madagascar 38
 Italy 39
 Zambia 40
 Taiwan 41
 Indonesia 42
 Sierra Leone 43
 Ghana 44
 Malawi 45
France 46
 United Kingdom 47
 Serbia 48
Panama 49
 Mongolia 50
 Kuwait 51
 Laos 52
 South Korea 53
 Albania 54
 Namibia 55
 Timor-Leste 56
 Montenegro 57
 Tanzania 58
 Vietnam 59
Bosnia and Herzegovina 60
 United Arab Emirates 61
Equatorial Guinea 62
 Lesotho 63
 Tunisia 64
Moldova 65
 Togo 66
 Argentina 67
Mozambique 68
 Nicaragua 69
 Senegal 70
 Cyprus 71
 Benin 72
 Liberia 73
 Oman 74
 Kazakhstan 75
 Ecuador 76
 Kosovo 77
 Nepal 78
 Gabon 79
Paraguay 80
 Bolivia 81
 Greece 82
Bangladesh 83
 Trinidad and Tobago 84
 Georgia 85
Cuba 86
 Peru 87
 Burkina Faso 88
Haiti 89
 Swaziland 90
Morocco 91
 The Gambia 92
 Jamaica 93
Macedonia (FYR) 94
 Guyana 95
 Jordan 96
Sri Lanka 97
 Angola 98
 Papua New Guinea 99
Dominican Republic 100
 Uganda 101
Guinea 102
United States of 103
America 104
 Cambodia 105
Brazil 106
 Belarus 107
 Turkmenistan 108
Algeria 109
 Uzbekistan 110
 Armenia 111
 Honduras 112
El Salvador 113
 Niger 114
Republic of the Congo 115
 Myanmar 116
Guinea-Bissau 117
 Guatemala 118
 Cote d’ Ivoire 119
Ethiopia 120
 China 121
Djibouti 122
 Tajikistan 123
 Mauritania 124
Kyrgyz Republic 125
 Thailand 126
 South Africa 127
Zimbabwe 128
 Rwanda 129
 Saudi Arabia 130
Cameroon 131
 Kenya 132
Bahrain 133
 Iran 134
 Azerbaijan 135
Eritrea 136
 Chad 137
 Mali 138
Burundi 139
 Philippines 140
 Mexico 141
India 142
 Egypt 143
Venezuela 144
 Israel 145
 Turkey 146
Lebanon 147
 Colombia 148
 Palestine 149
Nigeria 150
 North Korea 151
 Russia 152
Democratic Republic of the Congo 153
 Pakistan 154
Libya 155
 Sudan 156
 Ukraine 157
Central African 158
Republic 159
 Yemen 160
Somalia 161
 Afghanistan 162
 Iraq 163
South Sudan 164
 Syria 165

Peace Rank of European Countries
Peace Rank of North, South & Central America & The Caribbean
Peace Rank of Oceania, Eurasia, Asia Pacific & South Asia
Peace Rank of The Middle East, North Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa

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