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The peacekeepers. The latest Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 shows Norway ranks fifth amongst the world’s most peaceful countries. The study, composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, includes internal and external variables ranging from military expenses, to relations with neighbouring countries and the number of violent crime cases. But this year’s extension from 144 countries and territories to 149 also shows Norway has dropped two places since last year’s joint third place with Denmark.

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Published on Saturday, 12th June, 2010 at 10:29 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

The latest Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 shows Norway ranks fifth amongst the world’s most peaceful countries.

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The study, composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, includes internal and external variables ranging from military expenses, to relations with neighbouring countries and the number of violent crime cases.

But this year’s extension from 144 countries and territories to 149 also shows Norway has dropped two places since last year’s joint third place with Denmark.

According to the GPI report, Norway’s imports of major conventional weapons increased sharply between 2004 and 2008 because of its ongoing modernisation of the country’s naval forces.

However, Norway was ranked as the most peaceful country in 2007 and still continues the tradition, as most of the GPI’s safety and security indicators depict a harmonious society.

At the same time, all the Scandinavian countries are ranked amongst the top ten according to the GPI, with the most peaceful country in the world being New Zealand. Western Europe is the most peaceful region.

Central and Eastern Europe come at the other end of the GPI due to the effects of an increase in political instability compared with previous years, whilst the Afghan war continues to have a negative impact on the country’s scores.



Published on Saturday, 12th June, 2010 at 10:29 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

This post has the following tags: institute, economics, peace, global, index, norway, denmark, scandinavia, new, zealand, western, europe, central, eastern, afghan, afghanistan.





  
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