The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Institute for Economics & Peace measures peace at the global and national levels to rank and access the political, economic and social factors that creates and facilitates peace. Every year the Institute for Economics and Peace collects access and produces a Global Peace Index ranking 162 countries according to their levels of peace based on the factors previously stated.

The Global Peace Index 2015 is the ninth edition. The index factors 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from various and respected sources and ranks 162 countries, covering 99.6 per cent of the global population. The index uses three primary premises, looking at the countries societal safety and security, levels of domestic and international conflict and the level or degree of militarization.

Overall the Central America and the Caribbean scores are slightly up over last year as an average but were slightly less peaceful than the global average. Costa Rica and Jamaica scores showed the greatest improvements.

The Central American countries who dropped the most were El Salvador which saw increases in the Political Terror and Nicaragua because of an increase in violent crime.

The State of Peace score for Costa Rica was #34 at 1.654. Comparatively Iceland was #1 at 1.148 and United States of America was ranked 94th among the 162 countries in the Global Peace Index 2015.

Syria remained the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.
Overall numbers reflect that 81 countries became more peaceful and 78 countries became less peaceful.

Here is the full 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI) report.

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