Most Peaceful Countries

The Most Peaceful Countries in the World

We frequently come across with people dreaming of living in another country. Everyone has his own reason and a “best country”. But what does one look for in the country s/he wants to live? Money? Love? Peace? Adventure? Para mı? Aşk? Huzur? Macera? The fact is, that will to move to somewhere else is only the pursuit of a peace of mind. I said everyone has a “best country”, right? The Institute for Economics and Peace, based in Sydney, Australia conducts thorough studies every year to find out the “best country”, calling the results the “Global Peace Index”. This index has 22 criteria of scoring. Let’s first see what they are.

Global Peace

1Number of external and internal conflicts fought
2Number of deaths from organised conflict (external)
3Number of deaths from organised conflict (internal)
4Level of organised conflict (internal)
5Relations with neighbouring countries
6Level of perceived criminality in society
7Number of refugees and displaced persons as percentage of population
8Political instability
9Terrorist activity
10Political Terror Scale
11Number of homicides per 100,000 people
12Level of violent crime
13Likelihood of violent demonstrations
14Number of jailed persons per 100,000 people
15Number of internal security officers and police per 100,000 people
16Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP
17Number of armed-services personnel
18Volume of transfers of major conventional weapons as recipient (imports) per 100,000 people
19Volume of transfers of major conventional weapons as supplier (exports) per 100,000 people
20Financial contribution to UN peacekeeping missions
21Nuclear and Heavy Weapons capability
22Ease of access to small arms and light weapons

These are the criteria and as you see, they’re mostly related to internal and external conflicts within a country. But where are those “best countries” where people don’t have to worry about conflicts and instability?

Let’s continue with the top-10 peaceful countries then, from 10 to 1.

10. Belgium

A very small country to the west of Western Europe, Belgium is the 10th most peaceful country according to the index. Cinquantenaire Arch as well as the Manneken Pis and the interesting Atomium monuments are definitely worth seeing.

Atomium Brussels

9. Sweden

At first I was worried Sweden was not in the top-10, but it was a relief to see it there. Being the dream country for numerous immigrants with its historical and material wealth, Sweden is also among the limited countries where peace prevails.

Vasa War Ship
Vasa Warship, Stockholm

8. Canada

The country of untroubled and carefree people, Canada is naturally in the top-10 peaceful countries. Also sharing its peace with others, Canada, famous for ice hockey and inventing the green colour on the US Dollar admits approximately 250,000 immigrants every year.

Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains, Canada

7. Finland

Pronounced as “Suomi” in Finnish, quite irrelevant to how we say it, Finland, the land of cold-at-first-but-friendly-later-on blondes is the 7th peace center in the world. Additional info, being the masters of education in the world, the Finnish has started prioritizing teaching how to use a keyboard over how to hand-write, catching up quickly with the requirements of the 21st century.

Olavinlinna Castle
Olavinlinna Castle, Finlandiya

6. Japan

The cute people of the country with their bleary eyes for sure serve as the most imporant factor causing this huge amount of peace in Japan, where you can drink in public areas and you don’t have to tip. Also, Japan has the lowest crime rate in the world after Monaco. Anime is also cool…

Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji (Altın Tapınak Kinkaku)

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Temple of Kinkaku)

5. Switzerland

You thought Flint, Michigan was a better candidate for this list? Of course not! Switzerland, springing “money” in many minds claims the title of the 5th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. Mind you, Albert Einstein knows better than you and he lived in Switzerland!

Before we proceed to the next one in the list, we’d like to say hi to “Heidi”.

Segl-Maria, Switzerland

Segl-Maria, İsviçre

Segl-Maria, Switzerland

4. Austria

Jawdropping with its nature, mind-boggling with its astonishing gothic architecture, heart-throbbing with its Schnitzel and Tafelspitz, Austria has the potential to make your sorrow fly away from the 4th place in the list. It’s even quite something to walk around in Austria, thanks to its architecture.

St Stephen Cathedral

St Stephen Katedrali, Viyana

St Stephen Cathedral, Vienna

3. New Zealand

As a matter of fact, most of us are familiar with the eye-popping nature of New Zealand, of course thanks to the Lord of the Rings series. Apart from that, imagine an island, keeping its nose clean, living down-to-earth. As green as grass, as blue as the sea and famous for its sheep! Wouldn’t you go there? New Zealand is definitely more than the 3rd most peaceful country in the world.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Tekapo Lake, New Zealand

2. Denmark

Approved as the 2nd most peaceful country in the world, Denmark, just like Holland, is full of people riding a bike. Although it may be a little bit cold at times, it’s a country that never makes you upset with the low level of public order problems and conflicts. I would go there only to see Roskilde Cathedral!

Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark
Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark

1. Iceland

There’s something with this island. Strange enough, Iceland has peace, relatives (the highest rate of relatives to population in the world) and an unbelievable nature. Have you ever heard of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, to which people attributed divine implications? Iceland is that beautiful! Also covering 85% of its energy need with national and sustainable sources, Iceland is the world leader of being well-off.

Aurora Borealis, Iceland
Northern Lights

Şu an Türkiye’nin konumunu merak ettiğinizin farkındayız. O yüzden hemen belirtelim, bu listede Türkiye 134. sırada. Mozambik, Zambia, Arnavutluk gibi ülkelerin bayağı altında kalıyor.

Of course the world is not made of peace only. If you’re looking for some grief, you can take a look at our “Bizarre African Traditions” article. That’s all for today, I eyjafjallajökull you all…

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The Most Peaceful Countries in the World / En Huzurlu Ülkeler
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  1. 2 May 2016  18:58 by Mateen Reply

    Good point. I hadn't thhgout about it quite that way. :)

  2. 22 March 2014  15:16 by Momo Reply

    Cold = peace? Not really, but still sensing a correlation..

    • 22 March 2014  15:19 by ecotripsos Reply

      There's no correlation, just an extra bit of information. :)

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