Vietnam jumped six notches to the 30th place on the Global Peace Index in 2011, according to the Austria-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
The sixth edition of the IEP ranks 158 nations using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators which evaluate three main criteria: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic or international conflict and the degree of militarization.
The index showed that the world peace has made slight progress last year, however, the Middle East is the most dangerous region.
Western Europe remains the most peaceful region with the majority of its countries ranking in the top 20. North American, Latin American and sub-Saharan Africa countries all experienced gains.
Iceland is once again ranked the most peaceful peaceful country in the world, followed by Denmark and New Zealand while Syria experienced the biggest drop tumbling over 30 places to 147 on the list.
The Institute hopes the report will foster a better understanding of how researchers, policymakers, government and society can create a more peaceful world.
Source: VGP News
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