Global Peace Index says Qatar is the most peaceful country in MENA region

June 20, 2010
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Qatar has topped the list of the most peaceful countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the 2010 Global Peace Index (GPI).

The ranking allowed Qatar to keep the special status among Arab countries for the second consecutive year. Globally, it was ranked as the 15th most peaceful country in the world.

The index assessed 149 countries and according to the evaluation, Qatar scored 1.394 moving ahead one point on last year’s ranking when it was 16th in the world.

The GPI, issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace, is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from respected sources, which combine internal and external affairs of countries.

Political stability, extent of crime dissemination in society, level of respect for human rights, spread of violence between members of the community, internal conflicts, relationship with neighbouring countries, and terrorist offences happening within the country are among the indicators.

The other themes include the extent of participation in supporting the peacekeeping forces, military capabilities, size of political participation, range of corruption, availability of media freedom, women’s participation in public and political life, standard of health care provided to the people, and opportunities for education.

In the indicators related to the internal situation of the state, the GPI gave Qatar the best ranks.

Qatar was ranked 30th globally in the first report issued in 2007. In 2008, its rank was 33 before improving to 16 in 2009 and 15 this year.

In the MENA ranking, Qatar came ahead of Oman (23 globally), Tunisia (37 globally), Kuwait (39 globally), the UAE (44 globally) and Egypt (49 globally).

Internationally, New Zealand was ranked as the most peaceful nation on Earth, followed by Iceland and Japan. “Small, stable and democratic countries are consistently ranked highest,” the GPI’s report said. Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Israel continue to rank as the world’s least 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

7 Luxembourg 1.341

9 Finland 1.352

10 Sweden 1.354

11 Slovenia 1.358

12 Czech Republic 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

21 Slovakia 1.536

22 Malaysia 1.539

23 Oman 1.561

24 Uruguay 1.568

25 Spain 1.588

26 Costa Rica 1.590

27 Netherlands 1.610

28 Chile 1.616

29 Poland 1.618

30 Singapore 1.624

31 United Kingdom 1.631

32 France 1.636

33 Botswana 1.641

34 Laos 1.661

35 Taiwan 1.664

Rank Country Score

36 Bhutan 1.665

37 Tunisia 1.678

38 Vietnam 1.691

39 Kuwait 1.693

40 Italy 1.701

41 Croatia 1.707

42 Lithuania 1.713

43 South Korea 1.715

44 United Arab Emirates 1.739

45 Romania 1.749

46 Estonia 1.751

47 Mozambique 1.779

48 Ghana 1.781

49 Egypt 1.784

50 Bulgaria 1.785

51 Zambia 1.813

51 Malawi 1.813

53 Sierra Leone 1.818

54 Latvia 1.827

55 Tanzania 1.832

56 Libya 1.839

57 Burkina Faso 1.852

58 Morocco 1.861

59 Namibia 1.864

60 Bosnia and Hercegovina 1.873

61 Panama 1.878

62 Greece 1.887

63 The Gambia 1.890

64 Nicaragua 1.924

65 Albania 1.925

66 Moldova 1.938

67 Indonesia 1.946

68 Equatorial Guinea 1.948

68 Jordan 1.948

70 Bahrain 1.956

71 Argentina 1.962

72 Cuba 1.964

73 Swaziland 1.966

74 Gabon 1.981

75 Rwanda 2.012

76 Cyprus 2.013

77 Madagascar 2.019

77 Paraguay 2.019

79 Senegal 2.031

80 China 2.034

81 Bolivia 2.037

82 Nepal 2.044

83 Brazil 2.048

83 Macedonia 2.048

85 United States of America 2.056

86 Angola 2.057

87 Bangladesh 2.058

88 Montenegro 2.060

89 Peru 2.067

90 Serbia 2.071

91 Guyana 2.095

92 Mongolia 2.101

93 Dominican Republic 2.103

94 Trinidad and Tobago 2.107

95 Kazakhstan 2.113

95 Papua New Guinea 2.113

97 Ukraine 2.115

98 Jamaica 2.138

99 Liberia 2.148

100 Uganda 2.165

101 Ecuador 2.185

102 Congo (Brazzaville) 2.192

103 El Salvador 2.195

104 Iran 2.202

105 Belarus 2.204

106 Cameroon 2.210

107 Mexico 2.216

107 Saudi Arabia 2.216

109 Mali 2.240

110 Uzbekistan 2.242

Rank Country Score

111 Cambodia 2.252

112 Guatemala 2.258

113 Armenia 2.266

114 Haiti 2.270

115 Syria 2.274

116 Algeria 2.277

117 Turkmenistan 2.295

118 Cote d’ Ivoire 2.297

119 Azerbaijan 2.367

120 Kenya 2.369

121 South Africa 2.380

122 Venezuela 2.387

123 Mauritania 2.389

124 Thailand 2.393

125 Honduras 2.395

126 Turkey 2.420

127 Ethiopia 2.444

128 India 2.516

129 Yemen 2.573

130 Philippines 2.574

131 Burundi 2.577

132 Myanmar 2.580

133 Sri Lanka 2.621

134 Lebanon 2.639

135 Zimbabwe 2.678

136 Central African Republic 2.753

137 Nigeria 2.756

138 Colombia 2.787

139 North Korea 2.855

140 Democratic Republic of

the Congo 2.925

141 Chad 2.964

142 Georgia 2.970

143 Russia 3.013

144 Israel 3.019

145 Pakistan 3.050

146 Sudan 3.125

147 Afghanistan 3.252

148 Somalia 3.390

149 Iraq 3.406

 

         

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