A report from the Institute for Economics & Peace has revealed the most peaceful countries to live in during the year 2021.
The report measures peace through three domains are Safety and Security, Ongoing Conflict, and Militarisation.
European countries dominate the top 30, with Iceland being placed first on the list for the thirteenth time consecutively. The report explains that “no country in Europe is ranked outside the top half of the index”.
On the index, the United Kingdom is placed 33 on the list. Although lower than other European countries, this is an improvement from last year’s report where the country was placed 39.
The report states that Poland recorded the largest improvement placing 24th on the list, due to improvements in violent crime, violent demonstrations, and political terror. However, this has come as a surprise for some people as the country has seen a significant rise in anti-LGBT+ policies such as ‘anti-LGBT zones’.
The United States remains at ranking 122 on the list, which is now the lowest since 2008 due to “an increase in civil unrest that led to violent demonstrations and a rise in political instability”.
The country lowest on the list is Afghanistan, which reflects ” the Middle East…[remaining] the world’s least peaceful region”.
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