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Which results of the 2011 Global Peace Index for countries do you find most surprising?

Asked by mattbrowne (31719points) January 17th, 2012

Specifically, when you look at this map

are there any countries for which you have a quite different impression?

“The Global Peace Index (GPI) is an attempt to measure the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. It relies on factors such as the number of external and internal wars fought, estimated deaths due to external or internal wars, level of organized internal conflict, relations with neighboring countries, level of perceived criminality in society, level of respect for human rights, potential for terrorist acts and the number of jailed persons.”

Here are my surprises: Uruguay, Vietnam, Bhutan, Rwanda, Mexico, Turkey, and India.

Second question: for which countries do you expect changes (both positive and negative) over the next few years?

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bongo's avatar

Why is India a surprise? Surely its ongoing conflicts with Pakistan make it a low peace level country. Russia is a bit of a surprise for me being so dark but the countries you have picked out do not overly surprise me. There are hard political conflicts in many areas which are simply not bothered to be reported by US/UK news stations. It may not be because they don’t care its just that news sells better if it is about areas closer to home.

ragingloli's avatar

That Russia is worse than the US.
And that Vietnam is better than the US. Actually the latter doesn’t surprise me.

Also: Germany: Fuck Yeah!

mattbrowne's avatar

@bongo – Well, I didn’t expect India to be on the same level as Yemen and Myanmar. Well, it’s probably because of the Kashmir region. I think the rest of India should be at least as peaceful as China. Why would so many Western company invest in India if this weren’t the case?

King_Pariah's avatar

I’m surprised that there is even a rating on North Korea.

ratboy's avatar

I’m sorry to have judged Canada by its hockey subculture.

flutherother's avatar

Syria seems bit high at 116 for a country going through a civil war.

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