Least Peaceful Countries

Name the least peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index, a conglomeration of statistics regarding conflicts, crime, military spending, and human rights.
For the year 2019
Quiz by BrosephStalin
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Last updated: September 29, 2020
First submittedMay 1, 2015
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Somalia
2
Iraq
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South Sudan
4
Syria
5
Yemen
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Afghanistan
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Central African Republic
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Libya
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D. R. Congo
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Russia
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Pakistan
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Turkey
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North Korea
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Ukraine
15
Sudan
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Nigeria
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Lebanon
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Israel
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Mali
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Venezuela
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Level 75
Aug 6, 2015
Now I am sure, this is joke :D
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Level 61
Oct 14, 2015
Why?
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Level 27
Aug 26, 2016
Try another one about the safest countries: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/172272/safest-countries-in-the-world
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2020
personal bias
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Level 43
Mar 10, 2019
Last Time I Checked Lebanon wasn’t against rights
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Level 50
Nov 1, 2020
Ill-Treatment and torture, Hezbollah, Kafala sponsorship system, child labor. You might check again.
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2020
Considering everything that's come uncovered, I'd say Lebanon is in a revolutionary mindset at the moment. They're aiming to topple their government.
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Level 84
Sep 29, 2015
I think Libya should be in the top 20, but this list seems to be credible, unfortunately.
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Level 78
Oct 8, 2015
Very interesting. According to the wiki, Libya is now 14th for the new 2015 rankings. This quiz was made with the 2014 rankings apparently.
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Level 63
Oct 9, 2015
Yes, I may update it now that new statistics are out. Libya would definitely be on the list now that ISIS has occupied Sirte and the surrounding area and Egypt has begun conducting air strikes there. I was surprised that it didn't make it last year considering another civil war broke out. If I remember correctly it nearly did.
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Level 90
Sep 30, 2015
I was curious where Israel would stack next to Palestine on Wikipedia's list, but apparently Palestine wasn't separated for the purposes of this ranking. I assume they were lumped in with Israel?
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Level 64
Oct 2, 2015
I think so. Now the question arises: would Israel be that high without Palestine?
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Level 88
Oct 6, 2015
Interesting phrasing - "without Palestine". If you mean "without the contributing statistics of Palestine", I'm guessing Israel would still be on the list, though lower. If you mean "without the existence of Palestine", however, Israel would fall into the same category as the USA, which you might guess would be higher, but isn't.
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Level 64
Oct 15, 2015
Yea, without the contribution of Palestine
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Level 90
Nov 1, 2016
Just looked at the rankings for 2016, they've broken out Palestine and Israel. Palestine came in at #148 of 163, and Israel at #144.
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Level 87
Jul 16, 2018
Imagine Palestine without Israel.
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Level 64
Nov 1, 2020
@someone2018

probably a country with a corrupt government like most of the Arab countries. But they would also be poor since there aren't many resources to be exploited in Israel like oil.

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Level 72
Nov 1, 2020
What if I told you the neighbouring countries are more or less corrupt precisely because of the existence of the state of Israel and the respective countries' relations, or lack thereof, with said state? There's a reason the Moussad is the 2nd or 3rd most advanced intelligence agency in the world.
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Level 61
Nov 1, 2020
^ That's ridiculous. The fact that Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon and other Arab countries are almost all dictatorships or extremely corrupt countries doesn't have anything to do with the existence of Israel. Saudi Arabia existed before the creation of Israel and it wasn't exactly a democracy.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2017
If the ranking was based on countries, then Palestine would not be listed as it is not a country.
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Level 66
Nov 1, 2020
Wikipedia often lists countries which aren't recognized by the whole UN, because many countries recognize them. The State of Palestine for example is recognized by 138 UN members.

Represented by this map:

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Level 61
Nov 6, 2020
Owowow... Nice map but I'm not sure if Pakistan recognises Israel
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Level 70
Sep 29, 2021
@SWAT, that's a map of countries that recognize Palestine. That's why America isn't green.
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Level 68
Oct 10, 2015
I think it's laughable that the US is not number one on the list. They are always at war with somebody.
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2015
If anything, this index does not give America nearly enough credit.
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Level 19
Feb 20, 2016
America's not that bad
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Level 77
Nov 28, 2017
The idea that Sierra Leone is more peaceful than the US is hilarious.
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Level 78
Oct 14, 2015
It's easy to disregard your comment when you call the United States "they".
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Level 23
Oct 16, 2015
Rekt.
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Level 43
Nov 29, 2017
What do you mean
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Level 69
May 5, 2018
he is saying the poster isn't from the USA by using 'they' instead of 'we'
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2019
And ofcourse that is a very legitimate reason not to listen to someone..
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Level 59
Nov 1, 2020
So non-Americans can't have an opinion about the US? Great logic.
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2015
It's because within US borders it's pretty peaceful. Besides, we only start wars in the Middle East for o̶i̶l̶ w̶o̶r̶l̶d̶ ̶d̶o̶m̶i̶n̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ t̶e̶h̶ ̶l̶o̶l̶z̶ DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM!
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2016
We don't care for human rights hope to make their lives better than under their rulers and want to bankrupt them and pull all their oil out want to help them get rich by taking their oil kindly and peacefully.
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Level 87
Nov 3, 2018
Oil was just discovered in Zimbabwe, the formerly white minority supremacist nation then known as Rhodesia.
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2015
The entire world right now is benefiting from the lasting relative peace of the Pax Americana, and the United States is pretty close to perfectly safe. But hatas gon hate.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2017
No they aren't, I understand your impulse to defend America against the ridiculous attacks from people on here, but take the rose tinted specs off chap.
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Level 58
Nov 28, 2017
USA might be close to pretty perfect (I hope it is), but the world hasn't benefited a iota from USA (or any other power... Russia or China for that matter) military overseas.
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Level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
The world benefited massively from US troops overseas during WWII and its aftermath. Keep in mind, that after WWII, people weren't especially keen to encourage Germany and Japan to develop their militaries. Those countries essentially outsourced their defense to the United States, with the added benefit of getting it practically for free. But that's ancient history at this point. The time has come, in my opinion, to withdraw U.S. troops from Japan and Germany and let those countries fend for themselves. It's obvious that people in other countries resent the United States, so why are we spending massive amounts of money to defend them?
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2017
Quizmaster, we maintain the system the way it is because of the massive military industrial complex. It's extremely expensive for all the aerospace companies and their suppliers to stay on an active footing, and we cannot consume enough of what they make ourselves. We need allies buying stuff--but they got smart and only buy the 1st few, then want to make the rest at home with their own suppliers. Even Saudi Arabia! It cost $25k to hire a new employee and train them back in 1980--they cannot lay them off and rehire them. We need to think smarter, buy smarter, and forget old-fashioned ideas of war. We spend as much as the next 7 countries, but the 70-year-old people that run the country want a WWII military, more nukes, and campaign donations--and the rich want dividends. A mess being pulled in 10 directions at once.
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2020
Sadly this comment did not age well
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Level 83
Nov 8, 2020
How has it not aged well? What major wars were started between 2015 and 2020? and the US is still perfectly safe. The election is over so expect your fear mongering news stories about anarchist cities to stop, too.
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Level 73
Dec 29, 2020
US exceptionalism at its finest (and blindest). But hey, muricans gon hate.
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2021
You don't even know what that term means, obviously.
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Level 58
May 19, 2016
Wars aren't fought on its territory though.
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Level 37
Nov 28, 2017
Laughable??? - It's incredible!!! - The USA has contributed to (if not actually instigated) unrest in at least 1/4th of these countries. I'm all

for patriotism, but let's get real!

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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
diva, *you* are laughable. And I am all AGAINST patriotism... just against bigotry (which is often caused by patriotism) and in favor of reality. The US agenda is to suppress and contain conflict not instigate it.
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Level 73
Dec 4, 2018
The above reply is the most deluded nationalistic crap I've read in a while, totally oblivious to the fact that the US thrives on war greasing its billion dollar military (and military-related) industry.
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2018
I don't believe in nationalism and I am not a patriot. I'm just not deluded. You have to be willfully ignorant to believe the tired old meme that the US thrives on war. That doesn't mean that there is no military-industrial complex but you can spend money on your military in peacetime. Do you think that the recent large increases in US military spending are because they don't have enough firepower to take on guys in pick-up trucks with AKs? If you think that the significant driving force behind the US economy is the arms trade, to the point where they wouldn't be concerned about the other benefits of a stable world, you just simply don't know what you are talking about at all. This is similar to believing that the reason why anyone is worried about global warming is because they're trying to make money selling solar panels. It doesn't even come close to adding up. 50 billion dollars in arms sales to a 20 trillion dollar economy is chicken feed.
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Level 73
Dec 30, 2020
"If you think that the significant driving force behind the US economy is the arms trade". Nice strawmanning there, I never said nor implied that. Pretty much your whole paragraph is centered on that fallacy. But if you wanna talk about business in the military, do you really think arms sales are the only business in this sector? Notice how I said "and military-related". That means selling weapons, yes, but also R&D, construction, mercenaries, a lot of private contracting for which powerful companies make a good buck (all of which amounts to a lot more than 50 billions); and, more importantly, the oil and gas industry, a major driving force in US intervention in the Middle East, something I should not have to point out. Or did you actually think it was about Osama and Saddam? Explain to me how those interventions in the Middle East, not to mention the interventions in Latinamerica (directly and indirectly), were to "supress and contain conflict".
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Level 73
Dec 30, 2020
You are in fact nationalistic, cause every time someone criticizes the US on this website, you jump to attack, even when the critique is accurate. Your lack of self-reflection makes you blind to this. You say you're critical of your country, and unbiased and such, but you never demonstrate it. So it's just hot air. In truth, you defend your government's historical aggresive foreign policy saying it's for peace and the betterment of the world. You have never been on the receiving end of that "benevolence", so you have no concept of what that actually entails, or why some people would really be against it. So, not understanding that different perspective, you chalk it up to irrational hate for the US. One would think that, with all your world travelling (which you don't miss opportunity to flaunt around), you would have learned to understand different realities. Apparently, as a (stereo)typical murican, your navel-gazing impedes that.
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Level 83
Mar 26, 2021
Ferbin: take this "you must be this tall to ride this ride" sign, put it next to your brain, and that's the reason I'm not responding to you.

Yako: No, I'm not. At all.

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Level 71
Nov 28, 2017
Not that bad, truly. After all, USA has only been at war for 222 of its 239 years of existence.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2017
People love to hate the US.
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Level 87
Dec 4, 2018
People hate to love the US.
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2017
This is a pretty ignorant comment generally, but it's worth pointing out in any case that the U.S. is a lot safer than most (probably all, but I'm hedging) of the countries on this list, and that it's actual on-the-ground conflict in most places is less than most people think. Obama scaled back the U.S. military presence overseas considerably, and Trump has been too busy tweeting to ramp it back up. It's also worth noting that, while some of the U.S.'s international intervention certainly qualifies as unjustified meddling or worse, it focuses its activities in countries where violent regimes and human rights abuses are rampant. I'm not sure the U.S. presence in Iraq, for example, is escalating the violence there. It's just making it more likely that the casualties will belong to ISIS rather than Iraq. I don't know whether the peace index considers that, but I think it's relevant.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2018
You mean the human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia? Why how many of those 9/11 hijackers were Afghans or Iraqis? 15/19 were Saudis. No Iraqis no Afghans. So why doesn't Saudi Arabia get to benefit from US imposed "freedom and democracy"? And as a bonus the Saudis are the biggest financial contributors to terrorism on the planet. I think that imposing your freedoms on that wretched excuse for a nation will go a long way to getting rid of terrorism on the face of the Earth.
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2020
Sure, but that doesn't really have anything to do with the point I was making, which is the US intervention in those countries probably doesn't exacerbate the violence. For example, ISIS was committing all kinds of atrocities in Iraq. The US's involvement didn't make that any worse. It just shifted the casualties from the Iraqi army to ISIS. There are many countries, like Saudi Arabia, Somalia, or anywhere else on this list where the US could flex its muscle and maybe rein in the human rights abuses. But my point is that the countries where the US *does* go are not really made worse for it. The US's motives in some cases are not totally pure, but Afghanistan would be every bit as violent and oppressive without the US's intervention there, and probably more so.
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Level 83
Nov 8, 2020
Contrary to popular belief, levels of violence in Afghanistan went steadily down ever since the US invasion 20 years ago. Levels of prosperity and HDI, etc, rose steadily over the same period. The country was considerably worse off before the invasion. and the Taleban doesn't control the country anymore, either.

Iraq is a pretty starkly different story, though. Even if it could be argued that the democratic government in Baghdad now is an improvement over Saddam Hussein.

In response to bezz: human rights and humanitarian factors are part of the equation in deciding US foreign policy and interventions, but obviously far from the only consideration. Invading Saudi Arabia would be catastrophically destabilizing. And Iraq was not invaded because of 9/11; Republicans were planning on invading Iraq before 9/11 even happened. Invading Afghanistan was because the Taleban was hosting Al Qaeda leadership there, not because the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi...

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Level 72
Nov 28, 2017
In the 2017 version the US can be found between El Salvador and Rwanda in the 113-115 range, out of the 164 countries ranked. The criteria are listed on the linked page. Up to anyone to draw their own conclusions or find better (sub) criteria and creat another quiz. :)
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2017
That's because this quiz refers to lack of peace within the country.
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Level 16
Nov 1, 2020
i think you need to have a look at some other countries bud
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Level 83
Oct 14, 2015
Trying to make sense of the peace index is not really possible as they throw together a bunch of statistics that don't have a whole lot to do with each other. Anyone trying to think of "peaceful" in a coherent way is going to look at the ranking and find at least a few things that seem nonsensical.
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Level 58
Nov 28, 2017
My concern is mostly with what to think about "peace". It seems insurgency/civil war/political violence has more weight than crime (gangs, drug dealers, etc), though they dont make it clear.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
click through to the source and they go over exactly how the score is calculated point by point.
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Level 74
Nov 7, 2020
Kalbahamut, I've done as you said and looked at the source and remain unimpressed. They mark a country up for "low crime rates, minimal incidences of terrorist acts and violent demonstrations". So a repressive regime like the Chinese which makes it very dangerous to demonstrate (you get slapped in jail) etc. will look reasonably peaceful. And that's despite forced "re-education" camps for the Uighurs, stifling of dissent in Hong Kong, wanton destruction of monasteries in Tibet and outlawing the use of the Tibetan language in schools and also of following Tibetan Buddhism. If I were drawing up this list, China would be close to the top.
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Level 83
Nov 8, 2020
I wasn't suggesting that you should be impressed. Just that you should be able to make less ignorant complaints about who is or is not on the list. Many people here are saying "country x should be at the top!" or "country y doesn't belong here!" without even knowing what the criteria for the rankings are. I said myself that the list didn't make much sense as they are ranking many different things that aren't very much related.
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Level 50
Oct 14, 2015
USA should be on here. They are involved in pretty much every war.
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Level 87
Oct 14, 2016
Just seems that way to you.
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
and you're even more ridiculous than diva. But "involvement" in wars (usually in efforts to broker peace, contain damage, get aid to civilians- which, yes, the US usually does do) is not part of the criteria used for the index.
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Level 71
Dec 1, 2017
Rose tinted glasses, indeed.
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2017
I am the most devoted realist on this site. I have no glasses on, of any hue.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2018
Why sure, that's why there are over a million war crimes that have been filed in the International Criminal Court concerning Iraq and Afghanistan. If the US is responsible for as little as 10% of that, who needs that kind of "liberation"?
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2018
I'm also apparently the only one who has actually clicked through to the source to see what the criteria is for the index. Pending suits at the ICC is also not up there. You people are adorable.
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Level 38
Oct 14, 2015
Don't care still packing up and moving to Mexico :)
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2015
Surprised Israel not higher
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2015
I'm pretty sure they don't include the Palestinian territories in the statistics for Israel, so all the violence that takes place within the official borders of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not included. I don't know about the Golan Heights, though.
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Level 70
Aug 14, 2019
I'm pretty sure that most of the score comes from missiles shooted from Gaza into Israel.
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2015
Also the recent violence in Jerusalem is not part of this data set.
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Level 38
Oct 16, 2015
I lived in Israel for a year, and it is actually quite peaceful. For example, you could walk somewhere at night without fear of being assaulted, which is not possible in Brazil.
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
I met plenty of poor Muslims living in peaceful areas of Israel who were happy to be there.
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
I'm surprised it's so high and assume they must include at least part of the Palestinian territories or else the country's inclusion doesn't make sense at all.
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Level 58
Oct 14, 2015
What about the 20 most peaceful countries? That would be an interesting quiz as well.
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Level 63
Oct 14, 2015
Check it out here. I made this one too but it would seem that people are more intrigued by violence than peace.
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Level 50
Oct 14, 2015
USA is missing!
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Level 76
Oct 14, 2015
Clearly a "mixing apples and oranges," neither defined. For example, If a high rate of murder were a major factor, I would expect to see Venezuela and Honduras included. The human rights factor is critically important (I assume how North Korea earned its spot), but again not defined. The status of women is clearly a major human rights issue apparently not considered.
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Level 53
Oct 14, 2015
throught somalia wouldve been higher
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Level 53
Oct 14, 2015
what about georgia? two separatist states there of abkhazia and south ossetia fighting for independece
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Level 51
Oct 14, 2015
I got all of them..except Afghanistan..
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Level 61
Oct 15, 2015
Scary North Korea is only tenth, especially after tht movie came out
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Level 61
Oct 16, 2015
Can't believe USA isn't there, the combination of all the countries on Earth couldn't match their military spending.
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Level 87
Oct 31, 2016
Military spending is not the criteria. It's all right there in the quiz notes.
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Level 81
Dec 2, 2015
Colombia surprises me a bit. I suppose because of Anthony Bourdain's show visiting Colombia and claiming it's more peaceful there now.
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Level 63
Jan 22, 2016
Kind of like how he portrayed China as an affluent capitalist country with all the civil liberties of the West. He gave the benefit of the doubt to his 24/7 government "tour guide" a little too much.
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Level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Only 69% got North Korea? WOW!
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Level 63
Jun 21, 2016
I'm fairly sure a lot of people press "give up" as soon as they click on quizzes. I guess some people want to see the answers and then take it again to get all the points. That seems like it ruins the entire format of this website or at least takes away all the fun. Besides, if it's information you want I link the source in the description. As we all know, everyone on the internet always reads descriptions.
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Level 90
Nov 1, 2016
I'm pretty sure, based on testing my own quizzes, that a 0 score quiz isn't factored into the result percentages.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2018
If you get 0 the score isn't taken into account. If you take a quiz more than once (but don't get 0 the first time) then only the first attempt is taken into account.
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Level 81
Nov 1, 2016
I don't know about anyone else, but when I visualise a world map, the Koreas always seem to be in my blind spot. I quite often forget them.
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2017
I suggest you watch the fascinating documentaries on youtube about North Korea! You won't forget the images. From amateur videos tourists film to VICE News & the BBC (a bit of Lisa Ling and her sister, doctors doing eye surgery, but very little else American). So we get a great idea of the country from Canadians, Europeans. (The movie Sony made about assassinating Kim was so on point with its scenery, sets, etc--I forgot they couldn't shoot there....) There are also interviews with escapees from the North. The amateur videos were shot on tours that really show Pyongyang, the empty stores/restaurantas, the farms of oxen instead of tractors, the people desperate to please their leader, and most of all, the sweet endearing nature of the people who have grown up isolated from the modern world, greed, etc. They have 2 opposite images of Americans--the devils Kim says want to destroy them, and the people they desperately want to know--they are so friendly, curious, innocent.
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Level 81
Jun 19, 2018
^ Oh, I'm perfectly *aware* of the Koreas. Just in quizzes like this, I tend to imagine a world map, and make my way round it, and I always miss that particular peninsula.
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Level 83
Aug 13, 2017
I missed them the last time I took the quiz. Let's see.. they're not involved in any ongoing wars and haven't been since the 1950s. I imagine that crime statistics are impossible to find but probably also pretty damn low as it is a police state. But the absence of South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, etc. led me to believe that crime wasn't a significant factor anyway. Military spending: well... as an absolute amount it's not that high, but if that was such a big factor then the USA and China would make the list; on the other hand, as a % of GDP North Korea's is highest, but Eritrea I think is #2 and they don't make the list, and neither do Saudi Arabia, the UAE, or other big spenders as a GDP %, so I gave up guessing countries based on military spending.

I guess that leaves human rights and they probably lead that list, that must be what put them over the finish line. But I didn't think of it. Was mostly just guessing countries with ongoing internal conflicts.

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Level 59
Jul 19, 2016
Surprised to see Colombia
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Level 81
Sep 5, 2016
Hopefully with the new peace treaty with the FARC it will drop off the list.
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Level 42
Oct 13, 2016
How is USA not on this list!? Blew me away...
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Level 87
Oct 31, 2016
You could have either read the quiz description, or read any of the comments to get your answer, but you clearly did neither of those.
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Level 43
Oct 13, 2016
I missed DR Congo and Somalia. :(
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Level 55
Apr 17, 2017
How could Mexico possibly not be on here? The war between the government and the cartels has killed around 150,000 people so far, I believe, making it one of the largest current ongoing conflicts.
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2017
While I agree that Mexico's conflict is a very considerable one, looking at the index, to me at least, suggests that you are really in trouble if you are run by terrorists, and for the Middle East/Africa, there are a good number jihadist groups running those places.
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Level 61
Aug 12, 2017
Surprised that Mali, Mexico, and Egypt aren't here....
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Level 85
Aug 13, 2017
Burundi in 2017 is totally unsafe, crime-ridden and has a partly illegitimate government. The northeast half of Mali is infested with jihadis and is out of the govts control. They're worse than at least a few on this list.
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Level 52
Aug 13, 2017
there are 78 coments, and it came out yesterday....
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2017
Some of those comments are older than that. A big mystery! ;-)
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Level 10
Aug 13, 2017
This quiz is stupid
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
not as bad as most of these comments
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Level 74
Nov 28, 2017
If this is for 2017, I am surprised not to see Myanmar on the list.
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Level 52
Nov 28, 2017
Can anyone inform me as to why South Sudan is so unsafe? Don't hear about South Sudan violence much.
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
ongoing conflict with North Sudan I'm guessing
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Level 43
Nov 29, 2017
North Sudan?
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Level 83
May 22, 2020
yes. Of the two Sudans, the one that is farther North. Also known as Sudan.
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2017
Possibly the ethnic conflicts/civil war since it gained independence.
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Level 23
Dec 7, 2017
It makes me so sad that so little people know of the struggles the throusands of displaced young persons went through due to the terror that haunted sudan. Many boys were displaced from their homes at ages younger than 13 where thier parents were brutally killed and they were forced to flee and trek through african forests encountering dangers such as wild animals and facing severe starvation and dehydration. Few finally reached a refugee camp in kenya and other surrounding african countries where yet again they had to come face to face with more problems, living a life feeling worthless and alone. Just when they strated to find a makeshift family in the camp, many were sent to america to find a new life where they struggled with identification and tradition and continue to struggle forming a new life in foreign ground. I recommend watching the documentary "lost boys of sudan" for more details. It made me cry
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Level 83
Nov 28, 2017
Here's a direct link to the index's specific methodology.

Those commenting most passionately above about their own prejudices obviously don't care to look... but... there it is. Things like incarceration rates, military spending, and ease of access to weapons actually are factored in; and this is probably why the US ranks pretty damn low (114th, right behind Rwanda)... but it's still nowhere near the bottom of the list and those of you complaining that it's not in the bottom 20 are obvious bigots.

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Level 71
Nov 28, 2017
And that some of the countries questioned for being left off (Mali, Mexico, Burundi, etc.) are next on the list, and Palestine would be on if a JetPunk country. I'm very surprised about how low Myanmar is on the overall list; suspect next year it will be moved up.
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Level 52
Nov 28, 2017
No Zimbabwe? Surely the political problems would have made this list?
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2017
i can't believe Mexico didn't make the list, with all their cartel killings and kidnappings.
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Level 47
Nov 28, 2017
Almost forgot North Korea - 10 seconds to spare
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Level 76
Nov 28, 2017
I find it most unfortunate that people feel the need for personal insult and childish tit for tat in their comments rather than simply relying on the power of the facts and logic that they present. I also find it somewhat unfortunate that Jetpunk does not delete such comments, but I guess that it can't vet everything.
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Level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
It's tough to moderate. First someone posts "Your country sucks for hyperbolic reason". Okay, stupid comment, but maybe a valid opinion.

Then someone posts "My country isn't so bad you're a bigot". This post is obviously rude, but it is probably true, and they didn't start the fight so I leave it up. Then, the next person posts "Haha, you're a nincompoop". I usually just delete the rest of the thread. The question is, should I delete all the comments in the thread?

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Level 76
Nov 28, 2017
Fair enough
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
You think it's more rude to call a bigot a bigot than it is for a bigot to say something bigoted (and thus slander a whole huge group of people)? Really? What's more insulting? Calling out one person for unacceptable behavior they just exhibited publicly? Or calling 300 million people stupid (or some other unjustified put down)?

I'm fine with free speech and leaving all comments up. The only thing I find a bit irritating is when follow-up comments are deleted while the original offending comment is left in place. So I'd say either delete them all or delete none of them.

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Level 66
Nov 2, 2018
@kal, in many cases I would agree with you but there are some comments I think should be deleted. I've reported a few during the time I've been on Jetpunk. One comment was basically an advert posted to multiple quizzes by a user who clearly had never taken a quiz. One said "If you didn't get 100% then you deserve to [insert unpleasant fate here]" with quite a few expletives added. And a couple more similar ones... Leaving them up is basically pointless as they contribute nothing and make it harder to navigate comment sections. However, I know I have moaned about my comments getting deleted before so my position would be to let them stay as long as they clearly have some worth and don't break the rules too much.
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2018
I'm fine with spam being deleted.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2017
I was rather enjoying the tit for tat, as was the other chap I'm sure, god knows he does it enough. Seems a bit precious to censor it.
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Level 79
Nov 28, 2017
Quite surprised Myanmar isn't on the list for 2017 given all the conflict/human rights issues there.
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Level 48
Nov 28, 2017
They forgot the countries that started all the wars, US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, ect.
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2017
Starting wars is bad, yes. However, it says a lot of a country that isn't even stable within itself, let alone its stability/relationship with other countries. U.S./French/whatever-you-want citizens don't usually live under constant threat of terrorists, as someone say, in Syria or Libya.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
Saudi Arabia hasn't started any wars since unification. What are you talking about? The closest they've come to starting a war since then was 1948 when they were party to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was started by the Arab League and Saudi Arabia was a part of that. But they were much less directly involved than Egypt, Jordan, or Syria. Saudi Arabia fought a war with Yemen in the 1930s but that began when the King of Yemen broke a treaty and invaded. They fought a cold war with Egypt in the 50s and 60s but this never turned into a direct confrontation. And they are currently involved in both the ongoing military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and the Yemeni Civil War which was turned into something of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but the KSA didn't start these conflicts, either.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
And Qatar is even more peaceful though they've been heavily criticized for supporting some of the belligerents fighting Assad in Syria, and the fact that a lot of this monetary and material support has found it's way to undesirables.

Can't argue France or the UK, except that the index is not about who started the most wars throughout history.

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Level 67
Mar 10, 2020
I think a lot depends on the interpretation of "a peaceful country", you can think of it as a country in which it is relatively safe to live in as a citizen or if other countries are safe from it. This particular quiz focusses mainly on the former.
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2017
What a weird list.
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Level 71
Nov 28, 2017
It is easy to throw stones: When UK was the worlds leading power they were constantly having to join in or stop or control wars / uprisings/ rebellions etc. and the other countries involved were jealous of the UK's ability to do so. Slowly over the years since the WW1 (when UK was drained of it's manpower and finance), the USA has taken that place as the controlling world body. This brings with it the jealousy and hate that even on this jetpunk site is so easily noticed. What all these knockers don't realise is that without the UK and now the USA, the world would be in one hell of a mess, no democracy, no freedom of rights, no judiciary rights, no freedom of press etc. etc. ........ and the countries that still don't have those freedoms are the countries that are still calling the UK and USA names. Instead of throwing stones at the USA how about those places spending their energies and finances cleaning up their own countries for the good of their own people.
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2017
It is true that every dominant power in modern history has tried to impose its will on other countries...the sun never set on the British Empire. The USSR meddled alongside the US in Vietnam and Korea. Germany tried to conquer the damn world during the Third Reich. France established an empire under Napoleon. They speak Spanish in (most of) Central and South America, Portuguese in Brazil, and French in much of Africa because of the imperialism of Spain, Portugal, and France at the height of their respective power. There's Dutch East India, the Belgian Congo...what am I forgetting? The most powerful countries always get involved where they don't really belong. The difference, like it or not, is that the US and UK have generally tried to broker peace and liberate oppressed groups where they go. I'm not so silly as to think their motives are purely altruistic, or that they don't cause collateral damage...but compared to what their predecessors in power did...it's not bad.
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Level 63
Nov 29, 2017
I tend to agree. The ethnic cleansing/forced assimilation of natives, slavery, and constant involvement in foreign wars are not unique to the United States. These things have been happening in every corner of the Earth, not just involving the West, for as long as history has been recorded. It's pretty hypocritical when those pointing the finger at the US have done the exact same things, sometimes on a larger scale for a longer time. Of course, that doesn't make it right and America should be called out on it. It would just be nice if everyone got off their high horse and looked in the mirror before doing so.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
I've never stated the US is perfect and though I was born there I'm not even patriotic. I don't believe in nationalism. I have no more love for America than any other country. There are good and bad things. I object to bigotry. And there is a whole hell of a lot of that aimed at the US today. And I agree with jmellor, from a historical perspective, the US is doing a hell of lot better than any power that came before including the British (or their contemporaries: the Nazis, the Soviets, Imperial France, etc); but the British were somewhat less evil than the Mongols, or the Arabs, or the Romans.

We can hope that this is an upward trend. Some day we can all complain about China being the great Móguǐ, and Americans can start criticizing everyone for things that they were more guilty of in the recent past, once their country has become obsolete (Trump hard at work on this now). But I'm curious to see if the Chinese will do any better. If I live that long.

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Level 87
Nov 1, 2020
What on earth are you talking about? He just said that the US wasn't perfect, nor is any country.
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Level 83
Nov 1, 2020
Jack: yeah I wouldn't bother with this guy. He can barely read. None of his responses to me ever make sense. He recently became the 2nd person on my block list and I've decided I'm just going to ignore him.
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Level 83
Nov 2, 2020
comment gone now... hopefully he got banned. Guy was ridiculously racist, in addition to being obnoxious.
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Level 37
Aug 24, 2018
The interventions by the UK were effected to quell rebellion amongst those who sought relief from its colonialism. I have yet to read or hear of the UK ever intervening in any imbroglio that wasn't in their self interest.
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Level 63
Nov 1, 2020
UK : Colonises countries, oppresses ,kills and imporveshes people.

Also the UK: Why do you hate us?

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Level 54
Nov 1, 2020
Almost every other major world power has done this. Sure, the atrocities that the British empire committed were awful, but they weren't unique to Britain.
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Level 55
Nov 9, 2020
The difference is that British Empire was the biggest colonial empire covering over 25% of all land area. All other european powers were pretty small in comparison to the brits.
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Level 50
Nov 1, 2020
hahahahahaha duck you
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Level 63
Nov 29, 2017
Thanks to Quizmaster for updating this quiz for me since I've been less active recently.
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Level 39
Nov 30, 2017
Why is Russia ranked ABOVE Nigeria (Boko Haram anyone?), North Korea (seriously..), Venezuela (with all the unrest and riots), Turkey...?

I know there's Caucasus and its terrorism, but still the countries I mention have more security problems than Russia.

Russia has also been involved in less wars than US in the last years.

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Level 83
Nov 30, 2017
Detailed point-by-point explanation of the criteria is available if you click through to the source.
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Level 63
Jan 4, 2018
@ Debossishere You're not supposed to question it. Just join in with the unfounded xenophobia against Russia like the mainstream media wants you to do. They've been spending millions to air their propaganda; the least you can do is parrot their talking points.
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Level 83
Nov 1, 2020
Pork that has nothing to do with it.
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Level 75
Jul 19, 2018
How is Myanmar not on the list?
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2018
How is America not on this list
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2018
By not having enough human rights abuse, not having any wars there and probably not enough crime. I would guess the military spending is high enough.
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Level 83
Dec 4, 2018
Got them all this time.
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Level 65
Apr 10, 2019
Honorable mentions:

- United States

- Myanmar

- Mali

- Iran

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Level 49
Jun 26, 2022
they have a Grand Prix)
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Level 88
Sep 1, 2020
Pretty sure that index was designed by someone in Iceland. Somehow they have managed to land at the number one spot every year.

Also, we could update this thing. The data has been updated twice since 2017's numbers.

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Level 81
Sep 29, 2020
I'm not surprised. Iceland is at the top in the relevant categories, but the one thing giving them an advantage for example over the other nordic nations is that they don't have a military.
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Level 81
Sep 29, 2020
Since it has just been updated for 2019 who wants to make a bet if the caucasus countries make an appearance for 2020?
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Level ∞
Sep 29, 2020
I wonder. In good news, Israel will probably fall off the list in the near future.
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Level 53
Sep 29, 2020
How are Venezuela and Mali both 19th?
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Level 82
Sep 29, 2020
Based on the metric(s) used for ranking, they were probably tied.
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Level ∞
Sep 29, 2020
It could have been a tie, but in this case it was just a mistake. Now fixed.
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Level 68
Sep 29, 2020
Israel should be #1
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Level 68
Sep 30, 2020
Well the report states for the 5 less peaceful countries in the "Militarision domain": 1. Israel, 2. Russia, 3. USA, 4. North Korea, 5. France. So you are actually right. It is those "third-world issues" like ongoing civil wars which stole the crown...
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Level 85
Sep 29, 2020
Conflicts, crime, military spending, human rights, and there's not a single Central American country on the list? Been to Honduras or El Salvador lately?
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2020
I am missing the USA :D
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2020
What kind of list is this why is China not here???
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Level 47
Oct 26, 2020
This is just laughable. Any such list which doesn't have the US at the top is plan BS.
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Level 87
Nov 1, 2020
This is just laughable. Any comment which claims the US should be in this list is plan BS.
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Level 71
Nov 1, 2020
How many wars, overseas coups, outright invasions, have been encouraged, instigated, caused and exacerbated by the USA? The USA is the most warlike country on the planet.
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Level 74
Nov 1, 2020
This ranking doesn't show how "warlike" a country is, but how peaceful it is inside its borders.
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Level 87
Nov 1, 2020
Right. And if being “warlike” was such a huge factor then the UK would make more sense to be on here given its large list of wars. But of course it gets a pass because it’s not the US.
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2020
This is just another example of people bashing the USA based on bias and media overexposure. Have you read up on Somalia at all? Have you ever tried to countenance the violence in these countries? The US is nowhere close. And as for the US fomenting violence: even if its motives are sometimes selfish, it intervenes in countries that are themselves beset by violent conflict. You mean to tell me Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan would be beacons of peace if the US weren't there? Please. The US is the most interventionist of the world's major powers, but on a list of all the world's countries, it's not at the top, nor is it anywhere close. There are certain countries in which you're advised not to go anywhere without a local escort. The US is nothing like that. The antidote to Americans' ignorance of their role in the world is not to respond with similar ignorance to the contrary. Temper yourselves.
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2020
saudi arabia, qatar, iran, egypt and china miss!
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Level 50
Nov 1, 2020
Not USA?
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Level 21
Nov 1, 2020
I typed in Mozambique too because they have an assault rifle in their flag. I guess the farming mattock and book win out. :)
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Level 54
Nov 1, 2020
I think we'll see Belarus on here very, very soon.
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Level 68
Nov 1, 2020
Funny how the least guessed country is the country whose Country Quiz is also on the front page today.
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Level 57
Nov 1, 2020
Defending yourself does NOT make you violent.
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Level 77
Nov 1, 2020
of course it does. violence is violence but violence in defense makes it more or less justified
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Level 61
Nov 1, 2020
American here. um... what? how are we not on this list? our government invades everybody. or aids it.
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Level 78
Nov 2, 2020
Not under Trump's term. Which is funny. Because he has all these childish blustering temper tantrum tweets but the actual reality is less war, troop drawdowns, and minimal meddling in foreign affairs. Throw in the Middle East peace work and , as I said in a comment above, it's been the best foreign policy since Bill Clinton, in my opinion. And I certainly didn't vote for him.
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2020
The US maintains 800 military bases in 140 countries and just aided coups in 3 latin america countries
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2020
I class myself as a liberal, but I can't for the life of me figure out why my fellow liberals are so keen to allow unfettered immigration from countries such as the above.
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Level 83
Nov 2, 2020
There are extremely few people who describe themselves as liberal who are in favor of "unfettered" immigration from anywhere. This is a conservative talking point.

My personal point of view is that nation-states and borders ought to be abolished. But I understand that currently this is an unrealistic goal. And it's also not a position that is shared by any Democrat or Republican holding elected office.

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Level 60
Nov 9, 2020
I'm not an American so can't comment on the preferences of American liberals. But in the UK, having the opinion that mass immigration is not necessarily a good thing gets you labelled as a racist.

Why would you want the complete elimination of borders? The west will be flooded with immigrants if we allow them to freely enter and stay.

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Level 83
Nov 12, 2020
That also sounds like a conservative talking point and I'm sure there are liberals in the UK who don't think you're racist if you don't want "mass immigration." Your use of adjectives like "unfettered" and "mass" smells of an anti-immigrant bias. Are you sure that the people getting called racists are not against ALL immigration? Or immigration from countries that they consider undesirable or culturally inferior? Are they not in favor of greatly restricted immigration? Or even active deportation of people already in the country, as conservatives in the US are? Or as Brexit necessarily will lead to?

American liberals, at least the ones currently in elected office, for the most part are against what they see as racism and xenophobia. They understand that immigration makes the country stronger and so argue against people who say that Mexicans are leeching off the state or that they are predisposed toward being criminals, which isn't true. They also generally are more sympathetic..

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Level 83
Nov 12, 2020
.. toward refugees and want to accept and help them. They are more interested in creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who are already in the country to make them feel welcome and become productive members of society. but I don't think there is a single prominent Democrat who is in favor of open borders or abolishing customs and border protections.

As to my own personal views: I believe that states and borders ought to be abolished because I'm in favor of people having the freedom to move about. I have spent most of my life moving around to different countries; and just because I was born in the United States I don't think that this makes me special or any more deserving of having a strong passport than anyone else. I won a lottery that I didn't even have to buy a ticket for. If you had the misfortune of being born in Bangladesh I would not think that you were less of a person for this, or deserved to be condemned to a life of abject poverty because of this.

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Level 83
Nov 12, 2020
As to "the West" being "flooded with immigrants"... in a world without borders there would be no immigrants. There would just be people. Like when people from West Virginia move to Northern Virginia where I am from because NoVA has better schools and more jobs. That's fine. There have been growing pains, but the state is better off for all the people who have moved in to the northern part of the state in the last 40 years. The food is better, the culture is richer, the politics are greatly improved, the dating scene is more interesting... and just because I was born and raised here that doesn't mean I have the right to tell anyone else that they need to leave. Either to the people who have flooded in from other parts of the country (which they have), or the people who have flooded in from other parts of the world (which they have)... they are my fellow homo sapiens. I try to make them feel as welcome as I would hope to feel any of the many places I have been myself before.
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Level 45
Nov 2, 2020
I got 100% :)
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
Twice in a week?
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2020
This quiz is in the HomePage again. Is this a error?
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2020
Yes, my mistake.
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Level 37
Nov 5, 2020
No problem!
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Level 60
Nov 6, 2020
Honduras and El Salvador have some of the highest per capita murder rates in the world and fail to make the list. Not sure I agree with a ranking system that fails to include very dangerous countries for being too poor to spend on military. Lebanon made the list. Is Hezbollah more dangerous than the drug cartels and gangs that hold central America? Israel? Honestly, would you feel safer in Israel, or haiti? This ranking system to me smells of political bias.
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Level 70
Nov 6, 2020
the USA not being # 1 means this is a sham
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Level 70
Nov 7, 2020
Just give it a couple more days.....
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Level 57
Jan 28, 2021
Where is Germany? :P
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Level 57
Jan 28, 2021
where is Poland? They accidentally invaded the Czech Republic this year.
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Level 53
Mar 23, 2021
If the quiz was updated in 2020, why does the caveat still say 2019? Is it a mistake?
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Level 75
Apr 6, 2021
Came to the comments to see the people crapping all over America. I was not disappointed.
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Level 18
May 16, 2021
The least peaceful country is obviously Iceland. Come on guys you should know this by now.
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Level 57
Jul 7, 2021
I don't see putting North Korea behind places like Russia and Pakistan. In both of these places, really only parts of the country are dangerous.
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2021
Needs updated
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Level 70
Sep 29, 2021
Why has no one has brought up Belgium? Terrible country, they deserve to be ranked #1!
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Level 53
Mar 15, 2022
hm somalia eh? i wonder why the violent crime rates in minnesota are skyrocketing
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2022
*Russia skyrockets*
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Level 83
Apr 3, 2022
for the umpteenth time the criteria for this ranking can be found linked above. Starting wars isn't part of it. Having an active ongoing conflict inside your country is, though. So if anything Ukraine would have shot to near the top of the rankings this year. Not Russia.