Canada ranked at 11th peaceful country

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
  5              Japan
11              CANADA
32              Korea, Republic of
36              France
67              China
 97             U.S.A.
133            North Korea
139            Somalia
140            IRAQ

13 Responses to “Canada ranked at 11th peaceful country”

  1. gauravmoghe Says:

    Where is India on the list? If my guess is correct, it should be somewhere between US and Pakistan…and it should be interesting to see how they define peace…is it internal, or external threats, and if both, how much weight to each one of them…nice post…

  2. gauravmoghe Says:

    in fact, something like a per-capita threat estimate would be a good way to measure peace

  3. corre! Says:

    India is 107 on the list and Pakistan is 127.

    And the GPI making organisation defines peace as:

    “The concept of peace is notoriously difficult to define. The simplest way of approaching it is in terms of harmony achieved by the absence of war or conflict. Applied to nations, this would suggest that those not involved in violent conflicts with neighbouring states or suffering internal wars would have achieved a state of peace.”

    There is more detailed info about how the index is created on their website ( ), but at least I haven’t found the info that states if each factor is given equal weight or not…

  4. lookingreflection Says:

    Interesting post, interesting resources! Measuring peace is something I can’t really comprehend since it could be represented relatively…

    I would like to scrap this and reblog at my site. 🙂
    It’s good to see you posting again, Jimong!

  5. JiMong Says:

    Yes, India ranked at 107th. Your raised good points and this index interesting one but it’s not necessary reflecting views of each country’s own citizen, IMHO.

  6. JiMong Says:


    “each factor is given equal weight or not…” good point as well.

    YH /
    Yes, good to see you here again as well!!! I also found there are so many question on “measuring Peace” and it’s not easy to define word

  7. paka Says:

    dude~ great to see you writing again….i thought we lost you forever.

  8. JiMong Says:

    Hey Paka,

    Good to see you again! How’s Paka Jr. doing?
    I had bit of busy busy time on my work as old man saying no news is good news,eh!

  9. Best of Canadian Gal Says:

    I would have guessed we would rank higher, I might have to visit Iceland just to see what is going on (or not going on) there.

  10. paka Says:

    지몽` 안녕! baby paka is doing well. getting bigger. i agree with best of canadian gal…it might be time for a trip to Reykjavik (although looking at some pics – it looks like any one of the maritime provinces – no offence).

  11. cardiganstews Says:

    this year, this day, this decade, this week, this month, this century, this life…grow the fuck up


  12. KidGodzlla Says:

    gaura……………………………..(many dots more) u just got served….(many more dots).

  13. KidGodzlla Says:

    hey card its poeples opinion so u sir suck.
    there is no need for bad language…

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