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.
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.
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.
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
Edit: Iceland was named the safest country to visit in 2020 as well. You can learn more about it here.