Ecuador ranks fourth in South America in 2015 Global Peace Index, behind Chile, Uruguay and Argentina; Colombia and Venezuela rank lowest

Jun 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Ecuador continues to move up in the Global Peace Index compiled annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, ranking fourth in 2015 among South American countries. The country ranked highest among the Andean nations that also include Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.chl institute

The highest ranking countries in South America were Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. The lowest ranking, and considered the most dangerous countries, were Venezuela and Colombia.

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. In its 2015 summary report, institute compilers noted a trend of a divided world, with some countries “enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.”

Overall, Ecuador ranks 84th in the world, improving from 123 in the first index in 2008. The improvement, according to survey notes, was due to reduction of the crime rate, particularly murder, and improvement in a variety of social programs that foster security.

By comparison, the U.S. ranks 94th while Canada is one of the most peaceful countries, ranking 7th.

The world’s most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Switzerland. The most dangerous are Syria followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Global Peace Index uses a composite of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators. These indicators can be grouped into three broad themes: the level of safety and security in a society, the number of international and domestic conflicts, and the degree of militarization.

The New York-based Institute is dedicated to researching and reporting the economic impact of peace and violence.

 

CuencaHighLife

Expat Community News

Dani News

Google ad

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of February 25

Cuenca Finally Gets to Experience Van Gogh Like Never Before.

Read more

Ecuador lost just over a million hectares of forest formations in 38 years.

Read more

Drone Plants 1,500 Trees in 15 Minutes to Combat Deforestation.

Read more

Google ad

Veronica Arpi News

Fund Grace News

Gypsy News

FAAN News

Hogar Esperanza News

Subscribe to our newsletter

Cuenca High Life offers on-line publications, local translated news, and reports about the expat life and living in Ecuador. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!