Despite the current era being “the most peaceful in human history,” the world seems to be getting more violent each year, according to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index.
From the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, to the refugee crisis engulfing Europe, it turns out the world has experienced more conflict in 2016 than the last couple of years.
Developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom didn’t fare well, because of their involvement in wars in the Middle East and South Asia.
While Nordic countries, primarily Iceland, continued to dominate the world’s most peaceful countries, in a separate category of most “conflict-free” nations, only 10 came out on top.
Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are scored the lowest for all forms of conflict, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s findings.
However, not all of these countries receive a place at the top of the Index since the ranking is based on 22 indicators, which include a country's military expenditure, human rights record and democracy. Qatar, for instance, is a conflict-free country but its poor human rights record, doesn’t guarantee it a place among the top contenders.
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The least peaceful countries on the list are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.