The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI), an index which ranks countries based on how peaceful they are, was released recently. In this year’s GPI, which is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Ireland was ranked as the 12th most peaceful country in the world.
The GPI defines a nation at “peace” as one “not involved in violent conflicts with neighboring states or suffering internal wars.”
The rankings consist of 162 countries and 23 indicators are used to form an overall score.
According to the GPI, the world actually became less peaceful in 2016 overall. Ireland’s score of 1,433 remains relatively unchanged from last year’s GPI, marginally improving by 0.004%. To put things into perspective, Iceland, which tops the list, scored 1,192. The least peaceful country, Syria, scored 3,806.
Ireland comes in 12th overall but it’s actually the 9th most peaceful country in its region, which is Europe. Here’s a chart of how Ireland stacks up against the other top 19 European countries.
Although Ireland actually became more peaceful in 2016, the world as a whole became less peaceful. The average GPI country score dropped by 0.53%. So, bear this in mind the next time you find yourself complaining about the wonderful Emerald Isle.
What do you think we’re doing that makes Ireland so peaceful? Do you think we could be doing better? Have your say in the comments section below.