The Institute for Economics and Peace released its annual Global Peace Index.
While Iceland topped the list as the safest, Syria got the unfortunate distinction as the most dangerous country in the world, for the second year in a row.
“The single greatest indicator change occurred on terrorism impact, which deteriorated by more than 20 percent on average, followed by refugees and internally displaced people and internal conflict deaths,” the report states. “Terrorism is at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a level not seen in 60 years.”
South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia rounded out the five most dangerous countries.
Also noted in the index: Yemen, Ukraine, and Libya were the worst countries in terms of deterioration since last year, while Panama, Thailand and Sri Lanka showed the greatest improvements.
Despite recent headlines, Europe was once again named the most peaceful region in the world.