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What Are The World’s 20 Most And Least Stable Countries In 2016

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Unsurprisingly, Finland was ranked as the most stable country in the world in 2016, according to newly released Fragile States Index (FSI) published by the US-based Fund for Peace. Somalia, the east African nation, was ranked as the world’s least-stable country.

Right behind Finland comes Norway and New Zealand. Denmark comes in 4th place, followed by Switzerland, Australia, and Ireland. Out of 178 countries, United Kingdom ranked No. 17 – less fragile than the United States which ranked No. 20, Russia at No. 65, India at No. 70, and China at No. 92.

On the other end of the spectrum Somalia, South Sudan, and Central African Republic stand at the bottom of the Index as the world’s least-stable countries in 2016.

The world’s 20 most stable countries in 2016

1. Finland
2. Norway

3. New Zealand
4. Denmark
5. Switzerland
6. Australia

7. Ireland
8. Sweden

9. Iceland
10. Canada

11. Luxembourg
12. Austria

13. Netherlands
14. Germany

15. Belgium
16. Portugal

17. United Kingdom
18. Singapore

19. Slovenia
90. United States

The world’s 20 least-stable countries in 2016

1. Somalia
2. South Sudan

3. Central African Republic
4. Sudan

5. Yemen
6. Syria

7. Chad
8. Congo (D. R.)

9. Afghanistan
10. Haiti

11. Iraq
12. Guinea

13. Nigeria
14. Pakistan

15. Burundi
16. Zimbabwe

17. Guinea Bissau
18. Eritrea

19. Niger
20. Kenya

The index assesses the levels of stability and the pressures faced in 178 independent states and territories, based on 12 primary indicators such as: economic equality, economic performance, human rights, rule of law, access to public services, prevalence of refugees, demographic pressures and brain drain.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.