Global Peace Index: how does each country compare?

The Global Peace Index measures how peaceful each country is: see how the data’s changed over time
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Can you measure peace? The Global Peace Index, published by the Institute for Economics & Peace, is a bold attempt to do so.

It’s made up of 23 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights. The index has been tested against a range of potential “drivers” or determinants of peace—including levels of democracy and transparency, education and national wellbeing. The data comes from various sources, including the International Institute of Strategic Studies, The World Bank, various bits of the UN offices and Peace Institutes and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The index provides a unique insight into peace around the world. Last year’s 2010 data shows that:

• Overall, the world has become slightly less peaceful since 2007, with 62% of countries recording decreases in levels of peacefulness
• The big risers are: Ethiopia, Mauritania, Hungary, Lebanon and Haiti (despite the earthquake)
• Falling are: Cyprus, Russia, Philippines, Georgia and Syria
Intriguingly, the index also finds the monetary value of peace: they estimate that for 2006-2009, the world could have saved $28.2tn from the cessation of violence.

The 2011 GPI is out in May this year – but we have the data going back to 2007 below.

It’s one of a number of indicators available, such as Transparency International’s Corruption Index which collectively build up a qualitative picture of the world we live in.

What can you do with the data?

Global Peace Index 2011

2011 Global Peace Index Discussion at the United Nations

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