In spite of its angry volcanoes, the Institute for Economics and Peace has named Iceland as the world’s most peaceful nation. The Peace Index is calculated annually and published in connection with the G8 summit.
The world’s most peaceful people? Icelanders enjoying the sun on Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
According to mbl.is, Iceland used to top the index before the banking collapse in 2008 but dropped to fourth place after the ‘kitchenware revolution’ (aka ‘pot and pan revolution’) broke out following the crisis, toppling the government.
Iceland is followed by New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, Canada, Norway and Slovenia.
On the other end of the scale, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and Somalia are the world’s least peaceful countries.
The calculation of the Peace Index is based on 23 items, everything from expenses to military affairs to crime rates and disputes with neighboring countries.