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Only ten countries in the world are free of conflicts

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe world keeps getting more and more dangerous. Basically there are only ten countries left that are completely free of conflicts, as concluded in the latest Global Peace Index.

Institute for Economics and Peace has concluded that only Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritania, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam are the only countries in the world that are completely free of conflicts.

The index shows that 81 countries have become more peaceful in the past year. Situations in 79 countries, on the other hand, have become worse.

Similar to 2015, Iceland was chosen as the world’s most peaceful country in the Global Peace Index. Syria, on the other hand, is on the opposite side of the list.

Among the 162 surveyed countries, Latvia is the 32nd most peaceful country; Estonia is on the 36th and Lithuania – on the 37th place.

Institute for Economics and Peace has concluded that this year, unlike the year before, the tendency of peaceful countries becoming more peaceful became clearer this year. The situation in less peaceful countries, on the other hand, has become worse.

«The main reason for that is people’s inability to resolve the conflicts that emerge. Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq continue for more than a decade. Then conflicts emerged in Syria […] Libya and Yemen,» – as concluded by the institute, adding that failure to resolve conflicts is the main cause.

«For example, if we look at the death toll for areas of armed conflict, numbers reach 112,000, which is the highest index in the past 20 years,» – the institute concluded. Battlefield casualties make up 75% of deaths in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Europe is considered the most peaceful region of the world in the index. Nevertheless, the continent is not entirely war-free. UK, France, Belgium and other countries are deeply involved in armed conflicts in the Near East and are still threatened by terrorism.

The Top 10 of the world’s most peaceful countries consists of Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and Slovenia.

The Top 10 least peaceful countries are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Sudan and Libya.

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