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Mauritius is the most peaceful and safest country in sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Peace Index 2017 ranks Mauritius as the most peaceful and safest country in sub-Saharan Africa. The study carried out by the Australian Institute for Economy and Peace ranks Mauritius as the 22nd most peaceful country in the world.

The eleventh edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness based on 23 indicators such as violent crime, terrorism, state of relations with neighboring countries, political stability, corruption, human rights and the rule of law.

Mauritius occupies the top place in sub-Saharan Africa and gains one place globally compared with last year’s position.  Mauritius is followed by Botswana. These two countries fare the best with regard to the indicators in this  region. They have not experienced tensions with neighboring countries, nor have they been involved in domestic or international conflicts recently. 

Iceland tops the list and remains the most peaceful country in the world. It occupies the first place in the index since 2008.  The other four most peaceful countries are New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark.  Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

The results of the Global Peace Index show that the global level of peace has improved slightly this year. In fact the situation has improved in 93 countries, while in 68 others it has deteriorated.  The report also indicates that the economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2016 was USD 14.3 trillion in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.

Download the report here.


06 June 2017