Business & Government Jun 20, 2014

Iceland Named Most Peaceful Country – 7th Year in a Row

The Global Peace Index has rated Iceland #1 worldwide every year since 2008.

For the seventh year in a row, Iceland has been named the most peaceful country in the world.

The Institute for Economics and Peace released their annual Global Peace Index this week, which analyzes the state of peace around the world. Iceland does not have a standing army and is recognized for its welfare system, which provides healthcare and higher education to its 320,000 citizens, and for being one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

The analysis ranks 162 countries according to 50 indicators, such as the percentage of GDP spent on military expenditures, the ease of access to small arms, and the level of organized crime. The indicators are aggregated into three scores measuring the degree of militarization, the presence of domestic and international conflict, and the safety and security of civil society. Canada ranked 7th on the GPI, and the United States ranked 101st.

Iceland has consistently taken the top slot every year since the Index began in 2008. The country earns the title of most peaceful country in the world thanks to its lack of conflict, low crime and homicide rates, and a minimal jailed population (“among the smallest proportions in the world” according to the report).

To see all stats, visit the Global Peace Index’s interactive map