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India ranked 137th in the Global Peace Index 2017

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India has ranked 137th out of 163 countries on Global Peace Index 2017 published by The Institute of Economics and Peace. This is the eleventh edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI).

Highlights of 2017 Global Peace Index:

Most of the nations in the GPI became more peaceful over the last year with an average increase in peacefulness of 0.28 per cent.

  • Peacefulness score for 93 countries improved while for 63 countries, it deteriorated.
  • Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world, with eight of the ten most India ranked 137th in the Global Peace Index 2017peaceful countries coming from this region.
  • Iceland is the world’s most peaceful country listed in the index. It has retained this distinction since past several years.
  • Syria remained the least peaceful country in the world for the fifth consecutive year.
  • India ranked 137th, which marks an improvement from 141st rank in Global Peace Index 2016.
  • The GPI report has highlighted that violence costs 12.6% of world GDP.

Top 10 Most Peaceful Countries as per 2017 Global Peace Index:

Rank Country
1st Iceland
2nd New Zealand
3rd Portugal
4th Austria
5th Denmark
6th Czech Republic
7th Slovenia
8th Canada
9th Switzerland
10th Ireland and Japan

About Global Peace Index:

Global Peace Index is published by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an independent, non-profit think tank. IEP’s headquarters is located in Sydney.

  • The index is compiled on basis of 23 quantitative and qualitative indicators including incidents of violent crime, levels of militarisation, weapons imports, as well as refugee tallies and the number killed in internal conflict.
  • Global peace is gauged using three parameters viz. the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic or international conflict, and the degree of militarisation.