Croatia has moved up one place in the 17th edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI), the world’s leading measure of peacefulness.
Created by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the Global Peace Index encompasses almost all of the world’s population and is determined using 23 indicators from respected sources.
It evaluates peace across three areas; societal safety and security, ongoing domestic and international conflict and level of militarisation.
Iceland was still ranked the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008, followed by Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Austria.
Croatia was ranked the 14th most peaceful country in the 2023 Index. Croatia ranked 15th in last year’s Index.
For the sixth consecutive year, Afghanistan is the least peaceful country, followed by Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Highlighting the shifting dynamics of conflict, both Afghanistan and Syria recorded improvements in peacefulness.
The 2023 index revealed the average level of global peacefulness deteriorated for the ninth consecutive year, with 84 countries recording an improvement and 79 a deterioration.
2023 Global Peace Index
4. New Zealand