Every year, the Global Peace Index (product of the Institute for Economics and Peace) attempts to determine the level of peacefulness of 162 world´s largest countries. Measuring the countries’ peacefulness is a complex process based on evaluating a wide range of indicators. There are 22 indicators in total, including things like number of external and internal conflicts, relations with neighboring countries, political instability, terrorist activity, number of homicides per 100,000 people, number of jailed persons per 100,000 people, nuclear and heavy weapons capability and many more. Since 2007 when the project was launched, Iceland has always been the safest and most peaceful country in the world. In this year´s TOP 5 peaceful countries, Iceland (this year´s score 1.189) was followed by Denmark (1.193), Austria (1.200), New Zealand (1.236), and Switzerland (1.258). In these countries, as well as in those which ranked close by, you should not worry about your safety. But let us have a look at the other end of the chart. These 25 countries have been listed as the most dangerous countries in the world and definitely should not be among your vacation destinations.
Crime is among the most urgent concerns facing Mexico, as Mexican drug trafficking rings play a major role in the flow of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana between Latin America and the United States. Consequently, drug trafficking and organized crime have been a major source of violent crimes in Mexico.
Criminal and political violence in Ethiopia have resulted in numerous injuries and deaths. Pick-pocketing, “snatch and run” thefts from occupied vehicles, and other petty crimes are common in this country. Moreover there have also been cases of beatings, stabbings and kidnapping of expatriates and foreigners.
Ivory Coast (2.546)
The country has been affected by civil wars that broke out in 2002 and 2010. The Second Ivorian Civil War escalated into full-scale military conflict between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the President of Ivory Coast since 2000, and supporters of the internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara. International organizations have reported numerous instances of human rights violations by both sides.
The unrest in Eastern and Southern Ukraine has been drawing the whole world´s attention since it started on February of 2014. Protests in Donetsk and Luhansk have escalated into an armed separatist insurgency leading the Ukrainian government to launch a military counter-offensive against the insurgents. The conflicts have already claimed thousands of casualties.
Chad is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world; most inhabitants live in poverty as subsistence herders and farmer. The country has been plagued by political violence and recurrent attempted coups. The political instability and devastating poverty have resulted in rapid criminality and corruption increase.