The Global Peace Index of 2017 ranked 163 countries based on how peaceful and safe they are. Three main indexes were studied to set up the list: the current internal and external conflicts, the social safety (for example based on the number of homeless people, murders and terror attacks), finally the military expenditure, and weapon capabilities.
The analysis found that safety decreased in our world over the last decade, however, the world has become more peaceful since 2016. Here come the exact numbers: 93 countries have become more secure, while the situation deteriorated in 68 countries over the last year. However, we have to add that in most cases, only a slight improvement was affirmed, while the deterioration was major most of the time.
These are the most peaceful countries
Iceland has held the first position on the list since 2008, and it didn’t let any other country take it this year, neither. The little island with its breathtaking natural phenomena and nice cities is one of the popular destinations for tourists, and it looks like we can choose it for our next journey based on safety aspects, as well.
Besides Iceland, seven other European countries got into the top ten, namely Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ireland. Therefore, we can state that Europe is the most peaceful cotinent, and the Scandinavian territory is the most outstanding area within it. Furthermore, we don’t have to be afraid in New Zealand, Canada, and Japan either (the latter shares the 10th place with Ireland). As for our homeland, Hungary, we can be proud since it has been ranked at a quite good position; our country is the 10th on the list.
Countries that are less safe to visit
Syria remains at the end of the list, and the situation has deteriorated the most in this country over the last decade. Syria is followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen, so it’s obvious that nowadays, the Middle-East and certain parts of Africa are the most dangerous areas in the world. Thus, if it’s possible, we shouldn’t choose these territories for our next trip.
Furthermore, according to the report, the situation isn’t that great in Russia and Ukraine neither because of their current political and social issues (these countries are ranked at the 151th and the 154th positions). Likewise, Turkey has experienced a great drop over the last years (now it is ranked at the 146th position). Thus, we should travel carefully in these areas; for example, we can plan the stops of our trip, check the environmental conditions and book an accomodation in advance, so we can feel much safer.
We have to take steps constantly to maintain and improve the state of peace, not just in the countries ranked at the end of the list, but all over the world. The safety rates of a country determine fundamentally the habitants’ everyday life, and what’s more, they affect greatly the political and economic phenomena.
That’s why the European Union established several programs and organizations with this purpose. The European Commission’s institutional unit, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations manages many of these initiatives. The purpose of the organization is to protect human life, prevent human suffering, and ensure relief in case of crises, both inside and outside the European Union. The EU is delivering significant results in humanitarian aid, but there is also the EU Aid Volunteers program, in which 18 thousands of volunteers can participate. Moreover, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre is controlling the actual and possible emergencies, so we, Europeans can feel safe for now.