In Peacefulness, US Ranks 83rd
The 2009 Global Peace Index shows New Zealand is the most peaceful place on earth. This ranking is conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace, that rates how tranquil 144 nations are, using 23 indicators, such as gun sales, the number of homicides, the number of people in jail, and the size of the military.
After New Zealand, the top 10 most peaceful nations are Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Austria, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Finland and Slovenia. In the bottom 10 are Zimbabwe, Russia, Pakistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and, in last place, Iraq.
Traditional U.S. allies generally fared well on the list: Germany is at 16, Australia at 19, Spain (28), South Korea (33), Britain (35) and Italy (36).
Libya, Nicaragua, Jordan, Cuba, China, Peru and Ukraine all are rated more peaceful than the United States. Rwanda is rated 86, Syria 92, Iran 99 and Mexico 108.
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