Dominican Republic 94th out of 162 countries for peacefulness
According to the Global Peace Index published by the Institute for Economy and Peace (IEP) on Tuesday 11 June, Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica, in that order, are the most peaceful countries in Latin America.
In order to measure the level of “global peace’, which has decreased in 2013, the report examined internal and international conflicts for 162 countries, using 22 indicators, and also looked at their levels of military activity.
Of the countries in Latin America, Uruguay is the least violent in 24th position, followed by Chile (31), Costa Rica (40), Panama (56), Argentina (60), Cuba (65), Nicaragua (66), Brazil (81), Ecuador (83), Bolivia (86), Haiti (92) and the Dominican Republic (94).
At the other end of the scale, those least peaceful are Colombia in 147th position, then Mexico (133), Venezuela (128), Honduras (123), Peru (113) and Guatemala (109).
As in 2012, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland, due to political stability, low homicide rate and small jail population, even despite the economic problems it has had over the last few years. Also in the top 10 most peaceful countries are Denmark, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Finland, Canada, Sweden and Belgium.
At the other end of the scale, the bottom three countries, in other words the most violent,
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