Uruguay is the least violent country in Latin America
Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica, in that order, are the most peaceful countries in Latin America, followed by Panama according to the Global Peace Index released today by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
The report assesses 22 internal and international conflict indicators from 162 countries, as well as their level of militarization, to try to measure the «global peace» index, which decreased this year.
The study underlines that the world has become a less peaceful place, and said it has decreased 5 percent from 2008 levels.
The document states that the conflict in Syria has had a major impact on peace index. Of Latin American countries, Uruguay is the least violent with a score of 24, followed by Chile (31), Costa Rica (40), Panama (56), Argentina (60), Cuba (65), Nicaragua (66), Brazil (81), Ecuador (83), Bolivia (86), Haiti (92) and the Dominican Republic (94).
Colombia was last in the regionat 147, followed by Mexico (133), Venezuela (128), Honduras (123), Peru (113) and Guatemala (109).
Iceland lead the rankings thanks to its political stability, low rates of homicide and the small prison population, despite the economic turbulence that crossed the country in recent years.
Among the ten least violent states are Denmark, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Finland, Canada, Sweden and Belgium.
Afghanistan, Somalia, and Syria were the least peaceful.