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Hobbit land world's most peaceful


ONCE, New Zealanders were warriors. Now, according to the Global Peace Index, they are the world's most peaceful people, followed by Iceland and Japan - which once were Vikings, and Samurais, too.

Even though the Kiwis have a much higher murder rate than Australians, Down Under ranks only 19th on the peace ladder.

The index, collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit, is funded by Australian information technology entrepreneur Steve Killelea, who has been described as Australia's largest individual donor to overseas aid.

The indicators comprising the index include the level of respect for human rights, the ratios of police and people jailed to overall population, military spending, relations with neighbouring countries and budget support for UN peacekeeping.


Fifteen of the top 20 are European countries, including five from Scandinavia.
 

New Zealand scored highly in part because of its low spending on defence, just 1.1 per cent of gross domestic product or 62 per cent of Australia's 1.8 per cent.

The Kiwis do doubly well from this arrangement. Anyone wanting to harm New Zealand is likely to approach it via Australia, which spends a lot more tax money on defence. This provides the Kiwis with extra comfort, while such listings add sheen to their image. This is now globally projected as not only the clean, green Land of the Hobbit, but also the land of peace.

Not everyone agrees. Kiwis responding online to the New Zealand Herald's announcement of the peace gong say: "Far from it. All you have to do is look around you at the increase in violence . . . NZ is turning into a burning pot of rage, fear and hostility."
 


Annnnd Rank, Country, Score! Crtl +F away!

1 New Zealand 1.188
2 Iceland 1.212
3 Japan 1.247
4 Austria 1.290
5 Norway 1.322
6 Ireland 1.337
7 Denmark 1.341
7 Luxembourg 1.341
9 Finland 1.352
10 Sweden 1.354
11 Slovenia 1.358
12 Czech Republic 1.360
13 Portugal 1.366
14 Canada 1.392
15 Qatar 1.394
16 Germany 1.398
17 Belgium 1.400
18 Switzerland 1.424
19 Australia 1.467
20 Hungary 1.495
21 Slovakia 1.536
22 Malaysia 1.539
23 Oman 1.561
24 Uruguay 1.568
25 Spain 1.588
26 Costa Rica 1.590
27 Netherlands 1.610
28 Chile 1.616
29 Poland 1.618
30 Singapore 1.624
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31 United Kingdom 1.631
32 France 1.636
33 Botswana 1.641
34 Lao People's Democratic Republic 1.661
35 Taiwan, Province of China 1.664
36 Bhutan 1.665
37 Tunisia 1.678
38 Viet Nam 1.691
39 Kuwait 1.693
40 Italy 1.701
41 Croatia 1.707
42 Lithuania 1.713
43 Korea, Republic of 1.715
44 United Arab Emirates 1.739
45 Romania 1.749
46 Estonia 1.751
47 Mozambique 1.779
48 Ghana 1.781
49 Egypt 1.784
50 Bulgaria 1.785
51 Malawi 1.813
51 Zambia 1.813
53 Sierra Leone 1.818
54 Latvia 1.827
55 Tanzania, United Republic of 1.832
56 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 1.839
57 Burkina Faso 1.852
58 Morocco 1.861
59 Namibia 1.864
60 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.873
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61 Panama 1.878
62 Greece 1.887
63 Gambia 1.890
64 Nicaragua 1.924
65 Albania 1.925
66 Moldova, Republic of 1.938
67 Indonesia 1.946
68 Jordan 1.948
68 Equatorial Guinea 1.948
70 Bahrain 1.956
71 Argentina 1.962
72 Cuba 1.964
73 Swaziland 1.966
74 Gabon 1.981
75 Rwanda 2.012
76 Cyprus 2.013
77 Madagascar 2.019
77 Paraguay 2.019
79 Senegal 2.031
80 China 2.034
81 Bolivia 2.037
82 Nepal 2.044
83 Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of 2.048
83 Brazil 2.048
85 United States 2.056
86 Angola 2.057
87 Bangladesh 2.058
88 Montenegro 2.060
89 Peru 2.067
90 Serbia, Republic of 2.071
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91 Guyana 2.095
92 Mongolia 2.101
93 Dominican Republic 2.103
94 Trinidad and Tobago 2.107
95 Papua New Guinea 2.113
95 Kazakhstan 2.113
97 Ukraine 2.115
98 Jamaica 2.138
99 Liberia 2.148
100 Uganda 2.165
101 Ecuador 2.185
102 Congo 2.192
103 El Salvador 2.195
104 Iran, Islamic Republic of 2.202
105 Belarus 2.204
106 Cameroon 2.210
107 Saudi Arabia 2.216
107 Mexico 2.216
109 Mali 2.240
110 Uzbekistan 2.242
111 Cambodia 2.252
112 Guatemala 2.258
113 Armenia 2.266
114 Haiti 2.270
115 Syrian Arab Republic 2.274
116 Algeria 2.277
117 Turkmenistan 2.295
118 Cote D'Ivoire 2.297
119 Azerbaijan 2.367
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120 Kenya 2.369
121 South Africa 2.380
122 Venezuela 2.387
123 Mauritania 2.389
124 Thailand 2.393
125 Honduras 2.395
126 Turkey 2.420
127 Ethiopia 2.444
128 India 2.516
129 Yemen 2.573
130 Philippines 2.574
131 Burundi 2.577
132 Myanmar 2.580
133 Sri Lanka 2.621
134 Lebanon 2.639
135 Zimbabwe 2.678
136 Central African Republic 2.753
137 Nigeria 2.756
138 Colombia 2.787
139 Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 2.855
140 Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 2.925
141 Chad 2.964
142 Georgia 2.970
143 Russian Federation 3.013
144 Israel 3.019
145 Pakistan 3.050
146 Sudan 3.125
147 Afghanistan 3.252
148 Somalia 3.390
149 Iraq 3.406

 
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WTF IS THIS SHIT?

I'm procrastinating and in the mood for silly things. Gotta love these lists/rankings. And it's fun to think what's the truth/myth behind them no matter how laughable they can be. Get it, Middle Earth!!!
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