Qatar Most Peaceful Country in Mideast

Qatar is the most peaceful country in the Middle East, according to the Global Peace Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Qatar shares rank 16 with Germany in the index which reveals New Zealand as the most peaceful nation and Iraq the least peaceful. The indicators include the levels of violence, organised crime and military expenditure within a country. The index has also been correlated against a range of social development indicators including democracy, transparency, education and well-being to better understand the determinants that create or sustain peace, defining peace as the absence of violence. The index has won the backing of an influential and distinguished group of supporters including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Noor of Jordan, former US president Jimmy Carter and former senior vice president and chief economist of World Bank, Prof Joseph Stiglitz. The countries in the top slots are Denmark and Norway (2), Iceland (4), Austria (5), Sweden (6), Japan (7), Canada (8), and Finland and Slovenia (9). The global ranking of some other countries is as follows: Oman – 21, UAE – 40, Kuwait – 42, Egypt – 54, Jordan – 64, Bahrain – 69, the US – 83, Saudi Arabia – 104, Lebanon – 132.

(Source: Gulf Times, 3 June 2009)

Wahyu: Check Global Peace Index in Wikipedia for complete listings. Indonesia ranks 67, up one spot compared to 2008. Not bad compared to US.

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3 thoughts on “Qatar Most Peaceful Country in Mideast”

  1. yo opo mas …. betah nang qatar? 🙂
    wah keren pisan indonesia … lebih aman ketimbang US …. 🙂

    eh blog-ku wis dibuka kembali ^_^

  2. Dear Wahyu in Qatar,

    Just to introduce myself, my name’s Ellie and I’m writing on behalf of the Global Peace Index (GPI).

    First of all we would like to sincerely thank you for previously including the GPI in your blog in the past.

    As you’ll be aware, the GPI is a ground-breaking piece of research in the study of peace, which not only ranks nations by their peacefulness but also seeks to identify the drivers of peace. Now in its fourth year, the Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank dedicated to the research and education of the relationship between economic development, business and peace. It is collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    We’re getting in touch to alert you to the fact that the next Global Peace Index will be launched on June 8th 2010. We’ll be providing you with further information closer to the time – unless you tell us that you’d rather not hear from us again – but thought you might appreciate the heads-up in the meantime.

    You might want to join us on Facebook too:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Global-Peace-Index/92288319748?ref=ts

    and follow us on Twitter

    http://twitter.com/GlobPeaceIndex

    If you’ve got any thought or questions about the Index, our methodology, or our organisation, please get in touch. We hope you find our research interesting and informative, and look forward to sharing this year’s findings with you in a few weeks’ time.

    Best Wishes,

    Ellie Kirby – updates@visionofhumanity.org

    1. Dear Ellie,
      Thank you for your notes in Global Peace Index. One of the reasons I posted GPI in my blog is to encourage others to come here. Qatar being in Middle East and close to conflict areas is not what they thought.
      Anyway, I didn’t go into much detail on the index but I can see the benefit of what you are doing.
      And of course I will be interested in the next GPI.

      Thanks for your visit and comment.

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