Archive for May, 2008

Canada ranked at 11th peaceful country

May 22, 2008

According to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Canada has slipped out of a rating of the world’s top 10 most peaceful countries.  Canada ranked 8th last year’s index but ranked at 11th place this year mainly because of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

The Global Peace Index, which ranks a number of internal and external factors, found Scandinavian countries among the most peaceful, taking the top three spots.   The index, now in its second year, ranks countries according to their relative states of peace, based on factors such as military expenditure and respect for human rights, the homicide rate and other things.

This year, Iceland was selected the most peaceful place, beating last year’s winner Norway, which came in third. Denmark was No. 2.   The released index ranked Japan at 5th one up from last year and Korea at 32nd two spot higher than last year and China at 67th.   The world police, the United States, ranked at 97th one place lower than last year, a ranking that had it behind countries such as Kuwait, Nicaragua and Libya and way below countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Chile.   The articel says well about the US rank that

“The U.S. has done some NASTY things geopolitically, and it ranks poorly because of its high military spending, but that’s a little unfair as they are the ones that keep the world’s waterways free, and play a role in protecting global assets.”

Israel, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq were at the bottom of the list. 

Here’s some countries on Global Peace Index Rankings.
Rank         Country
  1              Iceland
  2              Denmark
  3              Norway
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  5              Japan
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11              CANADA
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32              Korea, Republic of
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36              France
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67              China
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 97             U.S.A.
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133            North Korea
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139            Somalia
140            IRAQ