The world has become slightly safer for the first time in five years but remains “considerably less peaceful now than a decade ago”. And Belarus is no exception.
Beating the US and Russia in peacefulness.
The Global Peace Index (GPI) has ranked Belarus 97th, the result of this year is four positions higher than a year ago and six positions two years ago.
Of Belarus’ closest neighbors, Ukraine showed the biggest improvement, the number of deaths from Donbas conflict here significantly declined since 2018. It now holds the 150th position.
Poland also improved its position, moving from 32nd to 29th place. Lithuania dropped from 36th to 38th place, Latvia – from 31st to 35th place. Russia remained at the same 154th place.
Noteworthy that Belarus is more peaceful than the US which lost four positions over the past year, dropping to 128th out of 163 countries in this year’s index.
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The top five countries on the 2018 list are Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark. The least peaceful are Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, and Somalia.
The GPI compares 163 states and territories, that is 99.7% of the world’s population, according to their levels of peacefulness.
It takes into account 23 factors including internal and external conflicts, military spending, terrorism, murder and other crime rates.