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Travel Tip: Most Peaceful Countries in the World–A New Study

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The Institute for Economics and Peace ranked 163 countries according to how peaceful they are.

The study was based on three criteria–safety and security, the presence of ongoing conflict and the level of militarization. 

It turns out that the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland, and it doesn’t even have an army.



Second place goes to New Zealand. Last year, the already low homicide rate dropped to its lowest point in the last 40 years (a rate of seven for every million people).

And number three is Portugal, which is followed by Denmark and Canada.

America comes in at an embarrassing number of 121. We actually fared worse than Honduras, El Salvador and even Tajikistan. 

And in last place, it’s not surprisingly, Syria.