It’s official: these are the world’s ten most peaceful countries in 2024

The Global Peace Index assesses 23 different factors, and it’s just announced its list for 2024

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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The world doesn’t feel too peaceful at the moment, and with more conflicts going on right now than any other period since World War II, no wonder. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still patches of tranquillity dotted around the place, and the Global Peace Index has just released its list of the world’s most peaceful countries for 2024. 

The ranking is based on 23 different factors, including political instability, terrorist activity, deaths from conflict and military expenditure. For the sixteenth year running, Iceland claims the number one spot, with a score of 1.112. It does particularly well for UN peacekeeping funding, safety and security and a low jailed population proportion. 

Ireland claims second place thanks to low levels of displaced people, while Austria claims third, thanks to very few violent demonstrations. In fact, Europe claims seven of the top 10 spots, with New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia being the only entries from outside the continent. 

These are the 10 most peaceful countries in the world

  1. Iceland
  2. Ireland
  3. Austria
  4. New Zealand
  5. Singapore
  6. Switzerland
  7. Portugal
  8. Denmark
  9. Slovenia
  10. Malaysia 

To read about Vision of Humanity’s Global Peace Index in more detail, you can do so here

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