Bangladesh more peaceful than India?

Bangladesh is the third most peaceful country in South Asia while Bhutan and Nepal secured the first and second positions in terms of peaceful country, said a new global report.

The overall ranking of Bangladesh is 84 though its regional ranking is third with an overall score of 1.997, said the 2015 Global Peace Index. However, the changes show as ‘-0.058’.

Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan secured the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively in South Asia.

Bangladesh is even ahead of the United States in terms of peace as its overall ranking is 94 while Bangladesh’s is 84.

The index shows that the world is becoming increasingly divided with some countries enjoying unprecedented levels of peace and prosperity while others spiral further into violence and conflict.

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. It is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

This year the results show that globally, levels of peace remained stable over the last year, but still lower than in 2008.

Since last year, 81 countries have become more peaceful, while 78 have deteriorated.

India ranks at 143rd on a global peace index, lagging way behind Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with Iceland emerging as the most peaceful nation in the world.

According to the nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace, Iceland, the thinly populated island in the midst of the North Atlantic has retained its place as the most peaceful country in the world.

Many countries in Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, have reached historically high levels of peace. 15 of the 20 most peaceful countries are in Europe.

Due to an increase in civil unrest and terrorist activity, the Middle East and North Africa are now the world’s least peaceful region for the first time since the Index began.

Globally the intensity of internal armed conflict has increased dramatically, with the number of people killed in conflicts rising over 3.5 times from 49,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014. The economic impact of violence reached a total of US$14.3 trillion or 13.4 per cent of global GDP last year.The most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria. The countries that made the biggest improvements in peace over the last year, generally benefited from the ending of wars with neighbours and involvement in external conflict. The biggest improvers were: Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Benin.

Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan. The country that suffered the most severe deterioration in peace was Libya, which now ranks 149th of 162 countries.

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