Today we launched the first study to rank countries around the world according to their peacefulness on behalf of our client Steve Killelea . The Global Peace Index studies 121 countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe and its publication comes just a week before the leaders of the world’s richest countries gather for the G8 summit in Germany.
It makes for very interesting reading. The Index is topped by Norway but the rankings show that even among the G8 countries there are significant differences in the peacefulness of nations. Japan ranks the highest at five; Canada (8) also falls in the top ten; and Germany ranks just outside (12). Italy (33), France (34) and the UK (49) rank in the top half of the table. However the USA is listed 96th and Russia is in the bottom five (118).
Steve Killelea commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to develop a methodology for measuring peace in a consistent way across the world, and collecting the data required to calculate the Index. Using their team of analysts around the globe, combined with input from a group of international peace experts, they have constructed a model which uses 24 indicators to measure the internal and external peacefulness of nations. Full details can be found here http://www.visionofhumanity.com.
The indicators include the levels of violence, organised crime and military expenditure within a country. The Index has also been correlated against a range of social development indicators including democracy, transparency, education and well-being to better understand the determinants or “drivers” that create or sustain peace.
The main findings of the Global Peace Index are:
- Small, stable countries which are part of regional blocs, such as the European Union, are most likely to get a higher ranking
- The main determinants of internal peace are income, extent of schooling and the level of regional integration
- There is no single common factor which makes countries score poorly for external peace.
Perhaps before you book that holiday you should check out just how peaceful your destination is: