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Ranked: Least Peaceful Countries In The World, 2019

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Afghanistan is now the number one least peaceful country on the globe, according to 2019 Global Peace Index – a spot previously occupied by Syria. Syria ranked number 2 on the list, followed by South Sudan (No. 3), Yemen (No. 4), and Iraq (No. 5).

The report placed Somalia in sixth on the list ahead of Central African Rep and Libya. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.

In terms of violent crimes, the low impact of terrorism, and the relative difficulty of accessing weapons, Canada has been ranked the 6thth safest country in the world. The 2019 edition showed a slight increase in peacefulness with Iceland ranked the most peaceful country, followed by New Zealand (2), Portugal (3), Austria (4), and Denmark (5).

In addition to Iceland (1) and Canada (6) – Singapore (7), Slovenia (8), Denmark (9), and the Czech Republic (10) ranked among the top five most peaceful nations.

Least peaceful countries in the world, 2019

RankCountry
1Afghanistan
2Syria
3South Sudan
4Yemen
5Iraq
6Somalia
7Central African Rep
8Libya
9Dem Rep of the Congo
10Russia
11Pakistan
12Turkey
13Sudan
14Ukraine
15North Korea
16Nigeria
17Lebanon
18Israel
19Mali
20Venezuela
21Colombia
22Palestine
23India
24Mexico
25Iran
26Cameroon
27Chad
28Egypt
29Burundi
30Philippines
31Eritrea
32Zimbabwe
33Ethiopia
34Azerbaijan
35Saudi Arabia
36USA
37South Africa
38Niger
39Myanmar
40Bahrain
41Honduras
42Mauritania
43Rep of the Congo
44Nicaragua
45Kenya
46Armenia
47Thailand
48Brazil
49Turkmenistan
50Guatemala
51El Salvador
52Guinea-Bissau
53Algeria
54China
55Djibouti
56Togo
57Cote dIvoire
58Uganda
59Tajikistan
60Burkina Faso
61Lesotho
62Uzbekistan
63Bangladesh
64Guinea
65Georgia
66Papua New Guinea
67Belarus
68Gabon
69Kyrgyz Republic
70Mozambique
71Trinidad and Tobago
72Guyana
73Cuba
74Morocco
75Cambodia
76Paraguay
77Haiti
78Kosovo
79Bolivia
80Dominican Republic
81Jamaica
82Tunisia
83Bosnia & Herzegovina
84Peru
85Rwanda
86Jordan
87Angola
88Nepal
89Argentina
90Eswatini
91Sri Lanka
92Benin
93Ecuador
94Equatorial Guinea
95Oman
96Moldova
97Montenegro
98North Macedonia
99Greece
100Kazakhstan
101Cyprus
102The Gambia
103Namibia
104France
105Liberia
106Senegal
107Vietnam
108South Korea
109Madagascar
110Tanzania
111United Arab Emirates
112Sierra Leone
113Albania
114Serbia
115Zambia
116Timor-Leste
117Panama
118United Kingdom
119Laos
120Ghana
121Kuwait
122Mongolia
123Indonesia
124Malawi
125Italy
126Lithuania
127Estonia
128Taiwan
129Latvia
130Uruguay
131Costa Rica
132Spain
133Qatar
134Botswana
135Poland
136Croatia
137Chile
138Bulgaria
139Romania
140Mauritius
141Slovakia
142Germany
143Hungary
144Norway
145Sweden
146Belgium
147Netherlands
148Malaysia
149Bhutan
150Finland
151Australia
152Switzerland
153Czech Republic
154Japan
155Slovenia
156Singapore
157Canada
158Denmark
159Austria
160Portugal
161New Zealand
162Iceland

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Anna Papadopoulos
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