Peace comes from within but only when everything around you is favourable. You can’t live a peaceful life when your neighbourhood is brimming with violent crimes and political instability.
Every year, Institute for Economics and Peace comes out with Global Peace Index which is an attempt to measure the relative position of peace in various nations. Factors like the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization are taken into account while making this list.
#20 Czech Republic
With a developed high-income economy and maximum number of hospital beds per inhabitant in the Europe, Czech Republic is the twentieth most peaceful country in the world.
The country which invented noiseless match ranks 19 on the list. They try to maintain peace by their foreign policy, which is to achieve integration into Western economic and security organizations.
Known for its cork production, it is the only country in the Europe along with Spain, where life imprisonment is abolished.
With legalized same-sex marriages, soft drugs like cannabis, and euthanasia, this country is the seventeenth most peaceful country to live in.
World’s only carbon sink, Bhutan absorbs more CO2 than it gives out. The country is on sixteen because of its ethnic conflicts.
The only nation-continent in the world, it is one of the most outstanding economies in the world with second-highest average wealth per adult as in 2013.
Famous for wine, Slovenia is fourteen on the list because of its low crime rates. Their army has participated in several peace support operations and humanitarian activities.
Famous for high beer consumption, Ireland has taken several steps to ensure peace with its neighbours. As a matter of fact, there is free movement of people, goods, services and capital across the border between Ireland and United Kingdom.
With low income inequality and smallest gender employment-rate gap, Sweden is twelfth most peaceful country to live in.
With the world’s highest number of castles and chateaux per capita and high levels of literacy rates, Slovakia is eleventh on the list.
This country stays away from armed conflicts and concentrates on improving their economy and government policies. Issues like healthcare, gender equality, social support and responsibility are the priorities which makes it a peaceful country.
Officially a multicultural country, Canada is home to hundreds of migrants due to its prosperous economy, numerous work benefits and cultural tolerance.
One of the most peaceful countries on Earth, Japan is known for their sweet-tempered, organised and disciplined people.
Belgium is famous for waffles, chocolate and beer. However, lesser known facts like the access to quality education and health care with numerous public facilities is what makes the country peaceful.
One of the friendliest countries in the world, it has low violent crime rates which is one of the reasons behind the peace in Norway.
With a flexible foreign policy and rigid neutrality, this country is the fifth most peaceful country to live in. It has emerged as an advantageous business partner, travel destination and highly educated nation.
Finland is one nation who tries its best to maintain peace. The country even sends its military troops for peacekeeping operations in troubled countries like Pakistan, Liberia and the Middle-East.
Switzerland is famous for its watches and chocolates but there is so much more to this place. It invests heavily in the economy, people, health services, education and employment assistance which makes the place peaceful.
#2 New Zealand
Low crime rates and military capability, political stability and respect for human rights and freedom has made this country the second most peaceful place to live in.
One of the most progressive nations with high level of literacy and tolerance among the population, this country has low crime rate, violence rate, low military expenditures and no standing army which makes it the most peaceful country.