7th Global Peace Index

June 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The 2013 finds:

  • The world has become 5% less peaceful since 2008
  • Europe is the most peaceful region, with 13 of the top 20 most peaceful countries
  • War ravaged Afghanistan returns to the bottom of the index
  • Syria’s GPI score has fallen by 70% sine 2008
  • The total economic impact of containing violence is estimated to be US$9.46 trillion in 2012
  • The top three most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand.
  • With a newly elected government and a steady recovery from the 2011 turmoil, Libya had the biggest improvement in peace score since last year.
  • The three least peaceful countries are Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.
  • Syria’s score dropped by the largest margin, with the biggest ever score deterioration in the history of the GPI.

So if we can just get Iceland and Demark to invade each other, we’ll be number one!

The top 10 are:

  1. Iceland 1.16
  2. Denmark 1.21
  3. NZ 1.24
  4. Austria 1.25
  5. Switzerland 1.27
  6. Japan 1.29
  7. Finland 1.30
  8. Canada 1.31
  9. Sweden 1.32
  10. Belgium 1.34

Australia is 16th=, UK 44th. The summary for NZ is:

The majority of the GPI’s measures of safety and security suggest that New Zealand society is broadly harmonious; violent demonstrations are highly unlikely, while homicides and terrorist acts are very rare. The jailed population dropped, but not sufficiently to have an impact on the country’s overall GPI score; at 194 per 100,000, it remains higher than that of most OECD countries, notably Japan (55) and Switzerland (76). New Zealand’s political scene remained stable, with support for the prime minister, John Key, and the ruling centre-right National Party holding up amid confidence over the government’s handling of the economy, which grew by 2.5% in 2012. New Zealand maintained harmonious relations with its neighbours in 2012; links with Australia are underpinned by the 1983 Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement. The two governments are negotiating a protocol on a common border, pension portability and joint investment, all of which would move the countries closer to their goal of forming a single economic market

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32 Responses to “7th Global Peace Index”

  1. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “………..Europe is the most peaceful region, with 13 of the top 20 most peaceful countries……”

    Well…killing off the Progressives in NZ like they did in Norway would soon see wombs return to places of peace! :cool:

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  2. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “…..The summary for NZ is:…”

    The womb is still the most unsafe enviroment in NZ!

    Funny how that doesn’t get a mention. Huge fail. :cool:

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  3. Ross Nixon (559 comments) says:

    Harriet, the wombs will return to safe environments when people turn back to God. i.e. Not anytime soon.

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  4. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Manalo has known about high ranking for ages. He has been talking about our peaceful natives for quite some time.

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  5. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    the wombs will return to safe environments when people turn back to God

    You will find that very religious countries are among the least safe.

    The top ten are all countries that tend to turn away from god. It is like a list of the most atheist countries. Unlike the worst such as Afghanistan.

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  6. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Isn’t this the survey where they decide the top places according to how much liberal agenda has been implemented? e.g. you get a lower rank if you don’t have a free public health system.

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  7. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    At least half of the top ten are constitutional monarchies. Most of those monarchs would be enthroned in a religious service .Those countries therefore either have an official state religion or semi official religion.Austria is traditionally very Catholic.The protestant work ethic is very strong in Switzerland.Finns probably the same.
    The Icelandics are drunk and severly depressed for half the year so probably couldn’t be arsed about fighting other nations as long as the booze supply remains constant .

    Banzai.

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  8. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    You will find that very religious countries are among the least safe.

    No one said anything about “religious”. The comment was about turning away from God, meaning the actual God. Someone can be very religious in a made-up religion because they want to assuage their conscience about ignoring what they know is true.

    You also missed the fact that the comment was about violence in the womb. If number of abortions were counted the rankings would look quite different.

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  9. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    scrubone, the figures were based on people, not collections of cells and fluid.

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  10. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    scrubone, the figures were based on people, not collections of cells and fluid.

    Oh, I’m not arguing the fact that abortion is justified by monkeying with the definition of person-hood. But I would point out that tactic has about as sordid history as you can get.

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  11. alloytoo (543 comments) says:

    Clearly the sky is falling, FSM must save us (or not)

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  12. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Actually Slim Dave you have it “A about T”.

    According to my Icelandic forebears it was the Danes wot invaded Iceland … around 1900.

    “Peace be with you”

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  13. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    I blame George Bush myself….

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  14. mandk (995 comments) says:

    Kea,
    Tumours and cysts are collections of cells and fluid.
    Foetuses are, without any shadow of doubt, human beings.
    Every abortion stops a beating heart (but you already know that).

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  15. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    I get the impression we would score higher if we had a smaller “jailed population”?

    Seems slightly divorced from reality…. :???:

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  16. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “…..scrubone, the figures were based on people, not collections of cells and fluid…..”

    “…..The only difference between the Gosnell ‘after-birth’ abortions and legal late-term abortions is the location of the baby at the time of death…..”

    The lungs are the last things to grow in babies as they don’t need them in the womb – but they do need them immediatly at birth.

    And babies are delivered from about 21 weeks – due to the fact their lungs are growing.

    No babies who are birthed at 21 weeks are missing anything at all.

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  17. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    Good point RRM.

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  18. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    mandk (233) Says:

    June 14th, 2013 at 9:09 am
    Kea,
    Tumours and cysts are collections of cells and fluid.
    Foetuses are, without any shadow of doubt, human beings.
    Every abortion stops a beating heart (but you already know that).

    Yeah I just saw one riding its bike past the window !

    The funny thing is the anti abortion people are often informed by religion. However the bible is full of actual babies being slaughtered on gods command.

    People are funny with what they choose to believe.

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  19. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    Yeah, funny how the fundies believe that blastocysts, zygotes, embryos and fetuses should have absolute rights, which end abruptly when birth occurs. Then it’s the parents that have all the ‘rights’ and bugger all responsibilities, including the ‘right’ to hit and severely injure ‘their’ kids.

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  20. dog_eat_dog (781 comments) says:

    How the fuck did this become about abortion.

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  21. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    All human life including ,kea, is just a collection of “cells and fluids”……….

    so if abortion is good enough for the unborn I reckon it’s good enough for kea.

    That’s the argument,usefulness,cost to the econmy,my precious lifestyle. Unborn babies,not useful,the very old and infirm,who’s next on the list?

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  22. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    kowtow, well now you are showing your true colours. That did not take long.

    It is very easy to get an abortion. My wife got one with no worries back when I was married in a stable environment and doing ok financially. It is much simpler to work the system than you think.

    Which is a good. The last thing we need is more unwanted babies. I am more concerned about the welfare of the born, than I am about a bag of fluid.

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  23. mandk (995 comments) says:

    @ Kea,
    My argument was biological, not religious (although I am a Christian).
    And I cite Christopher Hitchens (atheist) as my authority.
    Pretending that foetuses are no more than cells and fluids is simply delusional.

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  24. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    “dog_eat_dog (599) Says:

    June 14th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    How the fuck did this become about abortion.


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    Harriet (1,919) Says:

    June 14th, 2013 at 7:20 am
    “…..The summary for NZ is:…”

    The womb is still the most unsafe enviroment in NZ!

    Funny how that doesn’t get a mention. Huge fail.

    Ross Nixon (542) Says:

    June 14th, 2013 at 7:25 am
    Harriet, the wombs will return to safe environments when people turn back to God. i.e. Not anytime soon.

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  25. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    mandk, ok so are wank stains human and if not why ?

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  26. nasska (11,525 comments) says:

    dog_eat_dog

    …”How the fuck did this become about abortion.”….

    When a blog is stalked by a pack of religious nutters carrying out the imaginary wishes of their imaginary friend every thread is an invitation to homilies on abortion, gay marriage & apple pie.

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  27. mandk (995 comments) says:

    @ Kea
    Human in the same way that one of your blood cells is human.
    But not a human being, just as one of your blood cells is not by itself a human being.

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  28. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    Let me try it out: :cool:

    “Rape is a fact of life. We must ensure that it is safe, legal, and rare.

    To do this, we should provide more rape clinics, discard restrictions on the age of the rape vessel, and ensure that a man can never be prosecuted for a rape.
    We mustn’t shame men for their choice to rape women. It’s their bodies, after all. No one should tell them what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
    As a woman, I could never understand what it’s like to be desperate and have no real choice but to rape. It’s not an easy decision, and we mustn’t shame men by protesting against rape. Those who protest against rape and intimidate men about their choice ought to be arrested.
    We need special access zones so that men can rape without being harassed about what’s just a basic biological procedure.
    Hotels that have a conscientious objection to men raping women in their rooms should have mandatory referral obligations, and all federal government properties should be forced to provide rape rooms.

    Schools should also offer a curriculum that covers rape.”

    Convinced?

    As if having a uterus magically turns women into moral arbiters and men into slaves bereft of opinions.

    It seems women’s rights includes the right to talk utter nonsense and be treated as a great thinker. :cool:

    I can already hear the howls of outrage. How dare I compare rape, which is intrinsically wrong, to abortion, which some seem to think is a fundamental human right? I suppose I dare because I think for myself.

    I don’t accept abortion as a right any more than I accept rape as a right.

    Indeed, rape is easier to comprehend, because at least the rape victim isn’t usually one’s own child.

    Forget the “my body, my choice” mantra. It’s your child, your responsibility.

    A real woman doesn’t respond to unanticipated motherhood by killing her child, and a society worth its salt doesn’t accord her the legal right to do so.

    Being a woman doesn’t give you any more right to kill than a man. That’s equality.

    http://mishkagora.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/the-abortion-of-reason/

    Anyone here want to out yourselves as metro sexual moral cowards? Thought not!

    {sorry about the double post. I posted this in GD by mistake}

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  29. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    mandk, ok we agree on that much. But that does little to support your position.

    The very religious countries do not have great human rights records and are not featuring near the top of the Global Peace Index. So I am naturally sceptical about religous folk claiming the sanctity of human life. Even more so given what is written in the bible and other religious texts !

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  30. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    blame the bag of cells kea,he brought religion to the debate.That led to rebuttal.

    Abortion is a legitimate topic.

    Extreme libertarians here ,despite claiming to love freedom,don’t want “certain groups” to have the liberty of free speech.

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  31. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Lutheranism is the official state religion of Iceland. The flag is a Christian symbol and I doubt like the rest of the Lutheran nordic states their human rights record lags that of the peaceful Islamic republics.

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  32. edhunter (547 comments) says:

    No baby delivered at 21 weeks would survive if it wasn’t for vast medical intervention i.e. playing god, nature would dictate that there was either something wrong with the foetus or it was endangering the mother.

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