Ireland in Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries

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If you are looking for a peaceful holiday then you should definitely consider Ireland. This week Ireland appeared among the top ten list of the most peaceful countries in the world, coming in at number eight of 163 countries surveyed. 

Ireland in Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries

Each year, the Institute for Economics and Peace releases the Global Peace Index. This is a study of 163 independent nations and territories around the world, comprising approximately 99.7% of the world’s total population, that analyzes which nations are the most peaceful, as well as which are the most dangerous.

The GPI evaluates a total of 23 indicators to compile the list, which can be sorted into three distinct categories: militarization, safety and security, and domestic and international conflict. The indicators are then combined into a single Peace Index Score. The lower the score the more peaceful the country.

Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World (2021 Global Peace Index Score): 

Iceland the world’s most peaceful country
  1. Iceland — 1.10 
  1. New Zealand — 1.253 
  1. Denmark — 1.256 
  1. Portugal — 1.267 
  1. Slovenia — 1.315 
  1. Austria — 1.317 
  1. Switzerland — 1.323 
  1. Ireland — 1.326 
  1. Czech Republic — 1.329 
  1. Canada — 1.330 
Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries
Canada 10th in the most peaceful countries list

Despite a rise in books about crime drama in Iceland, it is still the safest place in the world to visit. Most of the countries on the list are in Europe, including six members of the European Union. At opposite ends of the globe, New Zealand (2) and Canada (10)also appear on the list. Ireland has moved up three places on the list from 11th in the last survey. 

The link to each country will bring readers to a very extensive report on each one. It charts population growth, decline and projections.

If you are planning a trip abroad, the ten least peaceful places are listed below.

Top 10 Least Peaceful Countries in the World (2021 Global Peace Index Score):

  1. Afghanistan — 3.631
  2. Yemen — 3.407
  3. Syria — 3.371
  4. South Sudan — 3.363
  5. Iraq — 3.257
  6. Somalia — 3.211
  7. Congo (Democratic Rep) — 3.196
  8. Libya — 3.166
  9. Central African Republic — 3.131
  10. Russia — 2.993
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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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