Norway rated most peaceful nation. That’s what the BBC article and the Global Peace Index says. According to these, Norway, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Japan are ranked the world’s top five peaceful countries. The whole list can be found on the Vision of Humanity website which looks like a nice initiative that just maybe could play a part in turning world peace into reality.
It is ironic how a few of the top countries, like Germany (ranked 12th), Japan (5th) and Ireland (4th), have had a violent past. Maybe massive, bloody wars, coupled with a decisive end, are what it takes to make people value peace. With no end in sight to the current conflicts, sadly I don’t see the same thing happening in Iraq or all the other areas of conflict.
Interestingly (in a bad way), Pakistan is ranked at 115, just six positions above Iraq, and comes in last in the Asia and Australia region. I’ve gone from the 5th most peaceful place to the 6th least peaceful in just 4 years. That’s not an encouraging thought.