Peace, man.

So let’s say those folks living in the 10 Most Miserable Cities just can’t take it anymore.

The exploding gas prices. Home values spinning like cyclones down the drain. Little to no chance of securing employment.

They’ve been pushed to and over the edge. They need peace. (Hell, I am they!) They crave respite. A place just to be and breathe. What in the world to do?!

Well, they might consult the Global Peace Index.

Produced every year by the Institute for Economics & Peace, the index ranks 149 countries on peace, which it defines as absence of violence. It gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization.

Among the 23 criteria examined, as indicated in this article, are political stability, risk of terrorism, murder rate, likelihood of violent demonstrations, respect for human rights, internal conflicts, arms imports and involvement in foreign wars. {Links to the full and short reports (interesting) are here.}

So hop aboard Cat Stevens’ Peace Train, destination marked any of the Top 10 of 2010:

10. Sweden

9. Finland

8. Luxembourg

7. Denmark

6. Ireland

5. Norway

4. Austria

3. Japan

2. Iceland

and the most-peaceful place … for the second year in a row:

1. New Zealand

Where does the United States rank? A low 85.

Curious about the less-than-idyllic locations? Bringing up the rear are:

140. DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

141. Chad

142. Georgia

143. Russia

144. Israel

145. Pakistan

146. Sudan

147. Afghanistan

148. Somalia

And the world’s least-peaceful spot?

149. Iraq

Just as well I wasn’t eyeballing any of these for relocation anyhow!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. longeyesamurai
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 17:52:50

    Very interesting. Have you seen the United States Peace Index (

    •The ten most peaceful states as identified by the USPI are (from 1 to 10) Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Iowa and Washington.

    I wonder if they factor in all the Stephen King for Maine…


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 10, 2011 @ 18:46:22

      @Capra – lol on the King comment. Yeah, saw the U.S. version too. As with any study, it is to be understood within its parameters and criteria. And I don’t care what this study says, no way am I living in, say, North Dakota just because it’s no. 5 in peace! – lol (In fact, on the 10 list, only a couple would I even consider, however remotely, for residence!) Thought this finding was humorous: “New York experienced the most significant increase in peace as a result of decreases in violent crime and the homicide rate.” — haha, yeah, a celebration tempered by very high rates prior! It’s like celebratin’ a decrease in guns possession in L.A. gangs, i.e., every member had one before, now we’re down to 9 outta 10! – haha


  2. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 02:44:11

    I find it interesting that we are number one, and I’m pleased about it. But it’s not all moonbeams and rainbows here – there are still some pretty horrific statistics around drug use, suicide, murder, child abuse etc. It’s cheaper to buy a bottel of coke and a packet of chips than milk and a bag of apples – so some people do and buying your own home is no longer feasible on one income, as it was as recently as 10 years ago. Incomes are very low compared to the rest of the world.
    I think what we do have is space, and that means less stress as people are less crowded and have less noise pollution to contend with. It also means that it’s easy to get out into the bush or near the ocean. And we’re miles away from anywhere so no-one really takes any notice of us. (Let’s keep it that way!)


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 10, 2011 @ 18:32:52

      @Klopp – “And we’re miles away from anywhere so no-one really takes any notice of us. (Let’s keep it that way!)” – lol, I hear ya! And be mindful and reminded of the criteria for this study. Sociological factors like drug use, suicide, child abuse, even pollution and noise levels, are irrelevant here.


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