For the seventh year in a row, Afghanistan retains number one on the list of the most dangerous countries in the world, while Ukraine has had the biggest decline in the Global Peace Index 2022.
In terms of peacefulness, the Eastern European nation has dropped 17 places, to position 153, since Russian soldiers invaded it in February.
Russia has also suffered, dropping five spots to 160th place out of 163 nations. The yearly assessment gave both countries a “very low” rating.
The top spot went to Iceland, which has held it since the index’s debut in 2008.
Ukraine, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Russia, and Haiti were the five nations that saw the biggest declines, whereas Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Algeria.
Seven of the 10 safest countries are found in Europe, which is the region in the world with the most peace.
Eight of the top 10 countries from the previous year’s survey were still in the top 10 this time around.
Switzerland and Canada were displaced from the top 10 into positions 11 and 12, respectively, by Singapore and Japan, which were previously ranked ninth and tenth, respectively, on the ranking list.
Yemen, which is ranked one place below Afghanistan, continues to be the most dangerous nation in the Mena area for a second consecutive year. Syria continued to hold the third-most hazardous nation in the global ranking.
90 nations reported an improvement in peacefulness this year, while 71 documented a worsening, despite the general decline in world peace since 2021.
Significantly low scores in “political instability,” “political terror,” “neighboring country relations,” and “refugees and IDPs” (internally displaced persons) were recorded in 2022, hitting their lowest levels since the index’s establishment in 2008.
“Deaths from external conflict” and “intensity of internal conflicts” were other clues that the situation was getting worse.
A few variables, such as “terrorism impact” “nuclear and heavy weapons” “military expenditure” and “perceptions of criminality” saw significant gains in their scores.
The impact of terrorism is currently at its highest point in six years, yet the globe is less calm than it was in 2008 when the index was first created. The average country’s level of tranquility has decreased by 3.2%.
10 most dangerous countries According To Global Peace Index 2022
1. Afghanistan has been ranked as the least peaceful nation for the fourth year in a row by the Global Peace Index 2021.
2. Yemen, which has experienced declines every year since 2008, is the least tranquil nation in the Mena area.
3. Syria, where political terrorism has reached its greatest level since the indicator’s inception in 2008.
4. Russia has slipped five spots in the index, as more people are dying in conflicts as a result of the crisis in Ukraine.
5. South Sudan: Although there is still a lot of internal violence, there were 15% fewer fatalities in 2022.
6. In terms of safety and security, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has one of the lowest ratings.
7. Iraq was one of the seven nations where the number of people killed in foreign conflicts has increased.
8. Somalia, where the cost of conflict in 2021 was greater than 30% of the country’s GDP.
9. More over 20% of the population of the Central African Republic is displaced.
10. Hunger and deadly political instability plague Sudan.