Czech Republic ranks among most peaceful states in the world

The Czech Republic ranks eighth on the 2020 Global Peace Index, climbing two places up the ladder as compared to last year, according to this year’s report by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

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.

Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the second year in a row, followed by Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen.

Europe is the most peaceful region with 13 European countries ranked among the top 20.

The world is now considerably less peaceful than it was at the inception of the index. Since 2008 the average level of country peacefulness has deteriorated 3.76 per cent.

The GPI ranks 172 independent states and territories.