Global Peace Index

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[The Index] ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.


Twenty-three indicators of the existence or absence of peace were chosen by the panel of experts, which are divided into three broad categories: measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict, measures of safety and security in society and measures of militarization. All scores for each indicator have now been “banded”, either on a scale of 1-5 (for qualitative indicators) or 1-10 (for quantitative data, such as military expenditure or the jailed population, which have then been converted to a 1-5 scale for comparability when compiling the final index). Qualitative indicators in the index have been scored by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s extensive team of country analysts, and gaps in the quantitative data have been filled by estimates by the same team.

Developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace.


  • Measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict
    • Number of external and internal conflicts fought: 2002-07
    • Estimated number of deaths from organized conflict (external)
    • Number of deaths from organized conflict (internal)
    • Level of organized conflict (internal)
    • Relations with neighbouring countries
  • Measures of societal safety and security
    • Perceptions of criminality in society
    • Number of displaced people as a percentage of the population
    • Political instability
    • Level of disrespect for human rights (Political Terror Scale)
    • Potential for terrorist acts
    • Number of homicides per 100,000 people
    • Level of violent crime
    • Likelihood of violent demonstrations
    • Number of jailed population per 100,000 people
    • Number of internal security officers and police per 100,000 people
  • Measures of militarization
    • Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP
    • Number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people
    • Volume of transfers (imports) of major conventional weapons per 100,000 people
    • Volume of transfers (exports) of major conventional weapons per 100,000 people
    • Funding for UN peacekeeping missions: outstanding contributions versus annual assessment to the budget of the current peacekeeping missions
    • Aggregate number of heavy weapons per 100,000 people
    • Ease of access to small arms and light weapons
    • Military capability/sophistication