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.