New Zealand - The worlds most peaceful country?

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New Zealand - The worlds most peaceful country?

New Zealand has topped the list of the world's most peaceful nation, according to an Australian think tank.

The Institute for Economics and Peace list was created after the start of the global recession, finding the financial meltdown was dragging the world toward political instability and conflict.

Many of the indicators which it used to measure peacefulness such as a nation's homicide rate or its level of military expenditure had deteriorated as the world economy tanked.

The institute laid out its key findings ahead of the publication of its annual "Global Peace Index," a report prepared in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The report measured nations according to 24 criteria such as the potential for terror attacks, the level of violent crime, or the number of conflicts it is fighting. The criteria were then weighted and tabulated to rank 144 countries.

The rankings have changed little since the list was first published in 2007.

But this year, New Zealand overtook Iceland's place as the world's most peaceful country.

The tiny North Atlantic nation tumbled to fourth after violent demonstrations followed the spectacular implosion of its debt-fuelled economy.

Scandinavian and Western European countries still clustered near the top, and violence-racked countries such as Afghanistan and Somalia rounded out the bottom.

The United States rose six ranks, to a still-modest 83rd place, something the survey attributed to a decreasing likelihood of terror attacks.

Those behind the survey had said in the past that US standing was dragged down by the large number of people in its jails, its relatively high levels of violent crime, and its multibillion dollar defence budget.

Iraq maintained its position at dead last.

After New Zealand, the top 10 most peaceful nations are Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Austria, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Finland and Slovenia. In the bottom 10 are Zimbabwe, Russia, Pakistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and, in last place, Iraq.

Traditional U.S. allies generally fared well on the list: Germany is at 16, Australia at 19, Spain (28), South Korea (33), Britain (35) and Italy (36).

Libya, Nicaragua, Jordan, Cuba, China, Peru and Ukraine all are rated more peaceful than the United States. Rwanda is rated 86, Syria 92, Iran 99 and Mexico 108.
By netchicken: posted on 4-6-2009

So the 'worlds most peaceful nation" news today includes ....
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A 63-year-old father was left with a fractured back after being run down in his driveway by home invaders early yesterday.

The man and his 29-year-old son were badly beaten with a weapon shortly after 5am. They were later taken to hospital.
By netchicken: posted on 4-6-2009

Here is the total list of the Global Peace Index (GPI) Rankings

The table below provides the GPI rankings for the 144 countries analyzed in 2009. Rankings for the 140 countries analyzed in 2008 and the 121 countries analyzed in 2007 are also included.


Is it a coincidence that all the Islamic nations appear near the bottom of the list?
By netchicken: posted on 4-6-2009

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