THE 2017 Global Peace Index ranks 163 states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. To measure the state of peace, the Institute for Economics and Peace analyzed three factors: The level of societal safety and security; the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and the degree of militarisation.

The results of the 2017 Global Peace Index show that the global level of peace has improved this year with 93 countries improving, while 68 countries deteriorated. The region of the world that shows the most improvement was South America, while North America showed the most deterioration with the US dropping 11 places to reach the 114th position.

Iceland remains at the top of the ranking — a position the country has been holding since 2008 — and Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world at the 163rd position.

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