According to the 11th edition of the Global Peace Index published by the Institution for Economics and Peace, Cyprus ranks 64th amongst the 163 independent countries and territories. According to the report, which aggregates data on 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure the state of peace, Cyprus has risen seven spots in the overall ranking.
A maximum score of 5 was awarded in each indicator, with the most peaceful country scoring the lowest average. Cyprus scored highest in number of displaced persons as a percentage of total population at 5.0/5.0. It also scored 3.2 in terms of number of security officers and police per 100,000 people, 3.1 for the number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people, and 3.0 each for relations with neighbouring countries and perceptions of criminality in society. It scored lowest on conflicts fought at 1.0, weapons imports and exports, homicide rates, and nuclear and heavy weapons capabilities, scoring 1.1 in each.
Overall, 93 out of the 163 countries were found to have improved and 63 deteriorated since last year. For the fifth year in a row, Iceland was deemed the most peaceful country in the world, followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and Japan. While Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria came last.
The index suggested that Europe remained the most peaceful region on the planet, boasting eight of the first 10 countries ranked, while the Middle East and North Africa remained the least peaceful regions for the fifth consecutive year.