Iceland named safest country in 2018

The Nordic country has been leading the Global Peace Index for ten years

With majestic natural heritage, the friendliest of people and more music bands than actual inhabitants, there is no wonder why Iceland has been attracting travellers for years.

But there is another reason why the island country between Europe and North America is one of the best choices for undisturbed holidays.

Iceland score the best out of 167 countries in the world — Shutterstock Iceland named safest country for 2018
Iceland score the best out of 167 countries in the world — Shutterstock

For the past ten years, Iceland has been repeatedly named the safest country by the Global Peace Index and this year’s newly published analysis is no exception.

In its annual report, the Global Peace Index evaluated 167 countries over the world and compared them in 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of societal safety and security; the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and the degree of militarisation.

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark,” the report says.

The country is also dominating the sub-rankings, namely societal safety and security domain and militarisation domain – meaning Iceland is the most peaceful state on Earth.

The country has been leading the index for ten years — Shutterstock Iceland named safest country for 2018
Iceland has been leading the index for ten years — Shutterstock

To provide a more comprehensive overview of the world’s development, the Index also analyses the overall state of peace in a decade-long comparison.

“The results of the 2018 Global Peace Index find that the global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27 per cent in the last year, marking the fourth successive year of deteriorations. Ninety-two countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved,” the report says.

On the other side of the ranking, four least safe countries in the world are Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria.

Top 10 safest countries in 2018  

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Austria
  4. Portugal
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Singapore
  9. Japan
  10. Ireland