10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2016 9:13 AM CDT
10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth
Reykjavik, Iceland.   (Shutterstock)

Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations with other countries in general. MarketWatch reports that latter factor dinged us, citing US-Russian relations. The fight against ISIS further dragged down America's score. The 10 most peaceful countries:

  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Austria
  4. New Zealand
  5. Portugal
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Switzerland
  8. Canada
  9. Japan
  10. Slovenia
Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Syria bring up the rear. Click for the full report or see the top 10 "good" countries. (More peace stories.)

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