World’s most peaceful countries of 2019

According to the results of annual Global Peace Index (GPI), the average level of global peacefulness has declined for the fourth consecutive year, by 0.27 percent. Ninety-two countries showed deterioration in their year-on-year rankings, while only 71 improved. Factors such as increased terrorist activity, greater numbers of refugees and the growing political crisis engulfing Europe and the U.S. are seen as some of the causes behind the decline in peacefulness.

Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the report used 23 quantitative and qualitative parameters to rank nations.

Here is a look at the 50 most peaceful countries:

50. Panama
Score: 1.826

49. South Korea
Score: 1.823

48. Zambia
Score: 1.822

46. Mongolia
Score: 1.821

46. Laos
Score: 1.821

45. UAE
Score: 1.82

44. Malawi
Score: 1.811

43. Namibia
Score: 1.806

42. Kuwait
Score: 1.799

41. Ghana
Score: 1.772

40. Costa Rica
Score: 1.767

38. Madagascar
Score: 1.766

38. Italy
Score: 1.766

37. Uruguay
Score: 1.761

36. Lithuania
Score: 1.749

35. Sierra Leone
Score: 1.74

34. Taiwan
Score: 1.736

33. Estonia
Score: 1.732

32. Poland
Score: 1.727

31. Latvia
Score: 1.689

30. Spain
Score: 1.678

29. Botswana
Score: 1.659

28. Chile
Score: 1.649

27. Croatia
Score: 1.639

26. Bulgaria
Score: 1.635

25. Malaysia
Score: 1.619

24. Romania
Score: 1.596

23. Netherlands
Score: 1.574

22. Slovakia
Score: 1.568

21. Belgium
Score: 1.56

20. Mauritius
Score: 1.548

19. Bhutan
Score: 1.545

17. Hungary
Score: 1.531

17. Germany
Score: 1.531

16. Norway
Score: 1.519

15. Finland
Score: 1.506

14. Sweden
Score: 1.502

13. Australia
Score: 1.435

12. Switzerland
Score: 1.407

11. Slovenia
Score: 1.396

10. Ireland
Score: 1.393

9. Japan
Score: 1.391

8. Singapore
Score: 1.382

7. Czech Republic
Score: 1.381

6. Canada
Score: 1.372

5. Denmark
Score: 1.353

4. Portugal
Score: 1.318

3. Austria
Score: 1.274

2. New Zealand
Score: 1.192

1. Iceland
Score: 1.096