If peace (or war) is a determinant of health Canada scores fourteenth out of 149 countries.
The results of the Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year. The GPI, which gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation in 149 countries, registered overall increases in several indicators, including the likelihood of violent demonstrations and perceptions of criminality. In some nations, an intensification of conflicts and growing instability appears to be linked to the global economic downturn in late 2008 and early 2009.
This is the fourth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI). It has been expanded to rank 149 independent states and updated with the latest-available figures and information for 2008-09. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from respected sources, which combine internal and external factors ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights. These indicators were selected by an international panel of academics, business people, philanthropists and members of peace institutions.
As before, we have explored the possibility of correlations between the GPI and other economic and societal indicators— including measures of democracy and transparency, education and material wellbeing. The GPI brings a snapshot of relative peacefulness among nations while continuing to contribute to an understanding of what factors help create or sustain more peaceful societies.
The GPI was founded by Steve Killelea, an Australian international technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. It forms part of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a new global think tank dedicated to the research and education of the relationship between economic development, business and peace. The GPI is collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit, with whom this report is written in co-operation.
Global Peace Index Ratings
The report shows GPI rankings for 149 countries in 2010. Here are the 20 most peaceful nations.
Rank Country Score
1 New Zealand 1.188 2 Iceland 1.212
3 Japan 1.247 4 Austria 1.290
5 Norway 1.322 6 Ireland 1.337
7 Denmark 1.341 8 Luxembourg 1.341
9 Finland 1.352 10 Sweden 1.354
11 Slovenia 1.358 12 Czech Rep 1.360
13 Portugal 1.366 14 Canada 1.392
15 Qatar 1.394 16 Germany 1.398
17 Belgium 1.400 18 Switzerland 1.424
19 Australia 1.467 20 Hungary 1.495
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