12th June 2018

Global Peace Index: Czech Republic ranks 5th in Europe, 7th globally

According to the 2018 Global Peace Index published by the Institute for for Economics and Peace, the results find that the global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27 per cent in the last year, marking the fourth successive year of deteriorations. Ninety-two countries deteriorated, while 71 countries improved. The 2018 GPI reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the past decade remain unresolved, especially in the Middle East, resulting in this gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness. Underlying the fall in peacefulness, six of the nine regions in the world deteriorated in the last year. The four most peaceful regions – Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and South America – all recorded deteriorations.

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark. 

The ten-year trend in peacefulness finds that global peacefulness has deteriorated by 2.38 per cent since 2008, with 85 GPI countries recording a deterioration, while 75 improved. The index has deteriorated for eight of the last eleven years, with the last improvement in peacefulness occurring in 2014. In Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, 61 per cent of countries have deteriorated since 2008. Not one Nordic country is more peaceful now than in 2008.

While there has been some fluctuation in the level of peacefulness of the world’s most peaceful countries, the change has been minimal, with a very slight 0.9 per cent improvement in peacefulness. However, the ten largest improvers come from a wide range of regions and with no discernible pattern in the indicators, highlighting the fact that improvements in peace are usually broadly based while large deteriorations in peace are usually led by a few indicators. The largest improvements occurred in Singapore and the Czech Republic. By contrast, the world’s least peaceful countries have experienced a clear and sustained deterioration in peacefulness over the last decade, with the average level of peacefulness deteriorating 12.7 per cent.


The Czech Republic's position in the Global Peace report:

Rank 13 for Ongoing domestic and international conflict domain, most peaceful to least
Rank 17 for Societal safety and security domain, most peaceful to least
Rank 8 for Militarisation domain, most peaceful to least

Economic cost of violence is 125th highest globally (Switzerland being the top performer, rank 163).


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Source: Institute for Economics & Peace. Global Peace Index 2018: Measuring Peace in a Complex World, Sydney, June 2018. Available from: http://visionofhumanity.org/reports (accessed Date Month Year). 



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