2018 Global Peace Index released – Botswana still ranked among world’s most peaceful nations


The 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) has been released, once more ranking Botswana as one of the world’s most peaceful countries. 

In this year’s Index, Botswana has been ranked the 29th most peaceful country out of 163. With this latest ranking, Botswana continues to rank above over half of the European countries surveyed, as well as all five of the Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council [i.e. UK (57), France (61), China (112), USA (121), and Russia (154)]. On the African continent, Botswana remains in second place behind Mauritius (20).


In addition, Botswana was one of only five countries to achieve a perfect score in the domestic and international conflict domain, the other four countries being Brazil, Chile, Mauritius and Uruguay.

The Index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources and ranks 163 independent states, covering 99.7 percent of the world’s population. It gauges global peace using three broad domains: the level of safety and security in the society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation.

This year once again saw Iceland ranked as the world’s most peaceful nation, followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark. Syria was listed as the world’s least peaceful country, followed from the bottom by Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia. 

The Global Peace Index is maintained by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

For the full report: visionofhumanity.org

8 months ago

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