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
3. New Zealand
17. United Kingdom
90. United States
The world’s 20 least-stable countries in 2016
2. South Sudan
3. Central African Republic
8. Congo (D. R.)
17. Guinea Bissau
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.
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