The Institute for Economics and Peace has released its Global Peace Index for 2018, an annual ranking of the world’s safest countries. Overall, the study found, the world is 0.27 percent less peaceful today than it was at this time last year. In fact, according to the institute, the world is the least peaceful it has been in the past ten years (probably not surprising for anyone who reads the news, like, ever). But while world peace has fluctuated over time, one fact has remained constant: the country that has remained at the top of the rankings for the last decade.
To assemble the list, the Institute for Economics and Peace, with help from the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranks 163 nations on “a country’s level of Negative Peace using three domains of peacefulness.” Those include ongoing domestic and international conflict; level of harmony or discord within a nation; and indicators related to militarization. Each domain accounts for a host of factors, such as weapon imports and political stability, to give each nation three scores that average for the overall composite, according to the index’s methodology.
Below you’ll find the full top ten safest countries, along with each country’s score (1=most peaceful, 5=least peaceful). Want to read the entire methodology and report in detail? You can find it on GPI’s website.