The 13th edition of the Global Peace Index rankings has been released and it captures 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Ghana was ranked at number 44 and 3rd on the African continent. This means Ghana is one of the most peaceful countries in the world and Africa as a whole.
Our neighbours, Nigeria sits among the top five least peaceful countries in the region alongside, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, and South Sudan. Denmark is among the most peaceful countries in the world – coming in fifth behind leaders Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal and Austria.
The Danes dropped one spot compared to last year thanks to Portugal jumping up two spots from fifth to third. “Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world – a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.
Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years,” the index report stated. The index ranks countries based on 24 parameters spread across the three main domains: Safety and Security, Ongoing Conflict, and Militarisation.
Canada, Singapore, Slovenia, Japan and the Czech Republic completed the top 10, while other notables included Australia (13), Finland (14), Sweden (18), Norway (20), Germany (22), the UK (45), South Korea (55), France (60), China (110), Brazil (116), the US (128), India (141) and Russia (154). Afghanistan was ranked last at 163rd, just ahead of Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and Iraq.
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