In a modern world where war, conflict, political unrest, police brutality, violent social riots, and economic instability have apparently become the norm; peace and safety have become two of the biggest “luxuries” a country can offer its citizens. No one wants to live in a dangerous country, especially countries like these 25 Most Dangerous Countries According To Global Peace Index. No one. Yet sadly, peace seems to be somewhat rare around the world. But don’t lose hope! In case you are one of the many people who is looking for a more peaceful and safe society, you might want to consider taking lessons in Icelandic, Danish, and/or Finnish because the countries where these languages are spoken are only three of the 25 Most Peaceful Countries in the World right now (and honestly, who doesn’t want to live in a peaceful country).
Of course, if you already live in these peaceful countries, go ahead and give yourself a high five and enjoy the fact that there are a lot of people who want to live where you live. Isn’t that nice? Enough silly banter, we present you with the 25 most peaceful countries in the world that you might want to live in.
Mauritius stands out as the most peaceful country in Africa and the only one in the top 25 from the continent. According to the Global Peace Index, the peaceful environment and security the country offers its citizens and visitors is comforting enough for any one who wants to purchase or invest in the country.
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace report of the Global Peace Index released on June 17, Singapore’s state of peace is “very high,” ranking twenty-fourth out of 162 in the index. This is a rise from twenty-fifth place in 2014.
Slovakia has recently become a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union, results of a stable democratic government and the social stability and peace that has dominated the country throughout the past decade.
In spring 1989, Hungary began dismantling its fortified border with Austria in what would later become known as the “Peaceful Revolution.” A few months later, the first crack in the Iron Curtain appeared and hundreds of East Germans fled across the Austro-Hungarian border. To this day the country continues to be one of the most peaceful and safe countries in the world.
For many years Spain has been one of the most open-minded and free countries in the world after suffering decades of dictatorship. Relatively recently the Spanish government began promoting gender-based equality by approving legislation in 2007 aimed at providing equality between the genders in the political and socioeconomic arenas.
The country’s capital, Amsterdam, has been considered a liberal center of art and culture for years while the country was one of the first to legalize the public use of marijuana and recognize the right of gay couples to marry.
Despite Poland experiencing a lot of violence during the twentieth century and being one of the countries that suffered the most from Nazi occupation and Communist regimes afterward, the peaceful spirit of the country never died. It’s considered one of the friendliest and peaceful countries in the world with the vast majority of its citizens being devout Christians.
Bhutan is a tiny, remote, and impoverished kingdom nestled in the Himalayas between its powerful and not-so-peaceful neighbors, India and China. The country is the second most peaceful country in Asia mainly due to its small size and the peaceful Buddhist culture and philosophy of its citizens.
Even though Anders Behring Breivik, one of the most notorious mass murderers in modern history, has given a bit of a black eye to the country’s reputation lately, according to the Global Peace Index Norway is still one of the world’s most peaceful and safe places to live. Furthermore, Norway is the country with the highest level of human development across the globe, plus the government of Oslo always places peace at the forefront of its priorities.
Despite many people automatically thinking of WWII and Hitler when they hear “Germany,” the country currently is one of the most peaceful in Europe and worldwide and is considered one of the most welcoming to tourists and visitors.
This beautiful Mediterranean country is rightfully considered one of the most peaceful as well due to its contributions to UN peacekeeping missions, a low level of perceived criminality in society, and an even lower number of organized internal conflicts and violent protests.
According to the Global Peace Index, Belgium is one of the safest and most peaceful places to live. Situated in the heart of Europe, this small country holds a special place since its capital, Brussels, is home to the European Union and NATO.
One of the most beautiful Scandinavian countries, Sweden is located in the far north of Europe. The country has very low crime rates and, according to the Global Peace Index, it is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, despite being among the world’s top arms exporters.
With its rich historical sites, amazing green pastures, and friendly people, it’s not surprising that Ireland is one of the most peaceful countries on Earth. Ireland is a beautiful country with a plethora of reasons to visit or even move there.
Despite the recent financial crisis and social unrest Portugal is still one of the most safe and peaceful places in the world to live. Portugal is also known for having fully decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, the first country in the world to do so.
The Czech Republic, according to the Global Peace Index, is the tenth most peaceful country with a continually growing economy and a democratic government that makes sure it maintains stability and safety for its citizens.
Despite the country’s violent past (especially during British colonization) Australia is currently one of the wealthiest and most peaceful in the world. Australia ranks high in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
Japan is the only Asian country that is ranked in the top 10 most peaceful countries index. The country hasn’t been involved in any war during the past several decades, never has riots, has political stability and low crime rates, and the government protects human rights and provides public security through a relatively small number of police officers.
Canada is known for having some of the most peaceful and friendly citizens, and their nation is considered one of the most welcoming and open-minded in the world.
Finland lacks a combative nature and is considered one of the most peaceful and livable countries in the world. Additionally, its military involvement over the past few years has only been related to UN peacekeeping missions.
Switzerland has earned its reputation as a safe, peaceful, and neutral nation with very low crime rates.
New Zealand continues to receive top scores for criteria such as respect for human rights, thanks to its relatively violence-free demonstrations and its low homicide rate. In an age when economic and political unrest is making itself felt throughout Europe and the US, New Zealand appears to be an ideal destination.
Austria is considered one of the best countries, if not the best, on the planet. It also helps that it is a very peaceful country and freedom of speech is highly valued and protected by the government.
Copenhagen is the capital of one of the world’s most peaceful countries. For the record, Denmark has been ranked number two on the Global Peace Index out of 162 countries three years in a row.
Iceland is one of the very few countries that doesn’t have a standing army (since 1869, to be specific), even though it is an active member of NATO. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, thanks to its lack of an armed forces, a low crime rate, and a high level of sociopolitical stability.