Its official the www.visionofhumanity.org website has for the second year in a row named New Zealand as the most peaceful country on Earth.
The Vision of Humanity people use 23 indicators in their GPI (Global Peace Index) to help ascertain which countries are the most peaceful.
to quote their website
The Global Peace Index is a project of the Institute for Economics and Peace. It represents a ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. It is the first time that an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of peace.
Most people understand the absence of violence as an indicator of peace. This definition also allows for the measuring of peacefulness within, as well as between, nations. The GPI ranks Independent countries by their ‘absence of violence’ using metrics that combine both internal and external factors…..more
That New Zealand has won this again of course comes as no surprise to those that live here, Well to those living on the mainland at least and in particular those living in Ashburton. So if you ever needed a reason for immigrating to this part of the world then this reason is a goodie.
Our friends across the Tasman did not fare as well coming in at 19th on the GPI list, and the United States at 85 must have some there re-thinking the benefits of their gun laws.
Below is a video that explains the GPI and how it came about.
August 17 2010 03:17 pm | Ashburton