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And the Most Peaceful Country in the World Is…

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012

According to the annual Institute for Economics & Peace releases its Global Peace Index, Somalia is not a top holiday destination.
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Iceland, land of the peaceful

Anyone seeking that elusive state of affairs known as ‘peace on Earth’ had better also have an appetite for volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Iceland, the little Nordic island with no standing army and the smallest population of any a NATO member state, is the most peaceful country in the world, according to  the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

(MORE: Icelanders Avoid Inbreeding Through Online Database)

Iceland is one of the most progressive nations on the planet: its welfare system offers health care and higher education for every one of its 320,000 citizens; it is powered in large part by renewable geothermal energy (see volcanoes, above); and it was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

While the country has hit some thin ice recently — in 2008 it basically went bankrupt, prompting public riots, and in 2010 a unpronouncable Icelandic volcano wreaked travel chaos across the north Atlantic — it’s general reputation as a pleasant liberal paradise put it at number one on the group’s list.

Iceland is followed by Denmark and New Zealand, tied for second place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Launched by Australian Visionary, U.S. Peace Index Hits Year Two

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 16, 2012

By Jim Luce

I first met Steve Killelea one year ago at the Harvard Club when the U.S. Peace Index (USPI) was launched. Last week, in the Japanese-themed Upper East Side home of Krishen and Geeta Mehta, I met him again — along with his lovely wife and daughter — far from his native Australia. Steve is a business-minded visionary who believes peace can be supported better if it is quantifiable. His life mission is to measure it.

united states peace 04.jpg.pngAustralian visionary Steve Killelea’s U.S. Peace Index is now in its second year. Photo: IEP.

Built upon its highly respected Global Peace Index, produced by the Australian NGO The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the U.S. Peace Index was launched last year as the first in a series of national peace indices that IEP has begun to release. The aim is to further understand the types of environments that are associated with peace and its economic impacts at a more specific regional level.

“We really only study conflict, not peace,” Steve told his captivated audience. This is why humanity needs to quantify peace so we can more readily achieve it.

2012-05-11-Global_Peace_Index_A.jpgThe Global Peace Index 2011 map shows that the U.S. has a “medium” state of peace. Image: GPI. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Most Peaceful Countries: 2011 Global Peace Index (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 27, 2011


Any problem to include other countries?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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