Global Peace Index
The 2012 Global Peace Index is the sixth edition of the index measuring peace in 158 countries according to 23 indicators
- Global Media Release (English)
GPI INTERACTIVE MAP
Launched June 12, 2012
The world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009, according to the 2012 Global Peace Index. All regions excluding the Middle East and North Africa saw an improvements in levels of overall peacefulness.
The 2012 GPI is the sixth edition of the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the GPI ranks 158 nations using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators which gauge ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization.
- Iceland is the most peaceful country for the second successive year
- Syria tumbles by the largest margin, dropping over 30 places to 147th position.
- Somalia remains the world’s least peaceful nation for the second year running.
- End of civil war sees Sri Lanka as biggest riser, leaping nearly 30 places
- If the world had been completely peaceful in 2011, the economic benefit would have been an estimated US $9 trillion
For the first time, Sub-Saharan Africa is not the least peaceful region and has steadily increased levels of peacefulness since 2007.
The Middle East and North Africa is now the least peaceful region, reflecting the upheaval and instability caused by the Arab Spring.
For the sixth consecutive year, Western Europe remains markedly the most peaceful region with the majority of its countries in the top 20.
The Asia Pacific regions’ over all score improved by the largest extent from last year and included three of the top five risers.
North America experienced a slight improvement, continuing a trend since 2007.
Latin America experienced overall gain with 16 of the 23 countries seeing improvements to their GPI score.