Iceland tops the list of the most peaceful countries on Earth. The island country, located in the far north of the Atlantic Ocean, has a population of just over 300,000 – which means that there are more people living in the densely populated city of Bristol than in the whole of the isolated country of Iceland. While recently it has suffered from a number of financial difficulties, which still didn’t lower the peacefulness of this quaint little country. Even ongoing natural disasters – as the island sits on a plate boundary – affect how the Icelandic people behave.
Many people do not expect Norway to appear in the list of the most peaceful countries in the world. Perhaps, this is because of Anders Behring Breivik, mass murderer, who hit the pride of the country hard. Sure, it was an extraordinary incident, but according to the Global Peace Index, Norway is one of the world’s most peaceful countries and a friendly and safe place to live. Norway is the country with the highest level of human development in the globe, plus, the government of Oslo always places peace at the forefront of the priorities of the country.
As an active member of the international community and, overall, a small nation, Singapore can never take its right to exist and security for granted. Since achieving its independence in 1965 as a sovereign Republic, Singapore has always concentrated on being a great neighbour, through establishing
social, peaceful, economic, cordial political relations with all countries.
The small city-state has worked with the United Nations and its supporting agencies on a great variety of efforts. It also participates in various global, unilateral and multilateral organisations to promote international cooperation, including the WTO (World Trade Organisation). Singapore is among the most peaceful countries in the world as well as one of the world’s wealthiest countries. The homicide and violent crime rates are lower than the criminal rates.
A beautiful European country, Slovenia is also among the most peaceful countries in the world. The country got its lowest marks in funding for the United Nations peacekeeping missions, number of police and security officers, level of perceived criminality in society, number of organised internal conflicts, violent protests, and number of internal and external wars fought. I agree with the Global Peace Index and believe that Slovenia deserves its place in the list of the most peaceful countries on Earth. Moreover, with its wonderful cities like Maribor and Ljubljana teeming with unique culture, Slovenia is a fantastic travel destination. All this despite facing troubles in the late 20th century when the country was trying to gain independence from the war-torn Yugoslavia.
One of the most beautiful Scandinavian countries, Sweden is located in the far north of Europe. Although Sweden is one of the biggest weapon exporters in Europe, the country has a low level of robberies (only 9,000 a year) compared to the United States (about 350,000 a year)! Besides, Sweden has not been to war and has not participated in any combats for the whole two centuries.