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Singapore is now the 5th most peaceful country in the world

The top 10 countries have shuffled significantly, welcoming a newcomer to the list

Mingli Seet
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This might not come as a big surprise considering how peaceful our streets are but Singapore is now officially the 5th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2024 report. Our city has been steadily climbing the ranks each year, improving from last year's sixth place and ninth place the year before. Singapore has also been ranked the second most peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region. 

If you don’t already know, the GPI encompasses 163 countries globally, representing essentially 99.7 percent of the world's population. This index evaluates the degree of peacefulness based on three primary factors: the level of Societal Safety and Security, the presence of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and the extent of Militarisation.

While it's great to see Singapore climbing the ranks, it’s not all good news for the world in general – peacefulness worldwide has improved in 65 countries but deteriorated in 97. This means that global peacefulness has declined, marking the 12th time in the last 16 years that the world has become less peaceful as a whole. 

To add, in the 2024 GPI, the Asia-Pacific region in general has also experienced a minor decline in peacefulness, with its overall score decreasing by 0.1 percent. This stands in contrast to the slight increase of 0.32 percent celebrated in 2023. Nonetheless, it maintains its position as the second most peaceful region globally, a status it has held since 2017. 

Here are the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world and their scores as of 2024 according to the GPI:

  1. Iceland (1.112)
  2. Ireland (1.303)
  3. Austria (1.313)
  4. New Zealand (1.323)
  5. Singapore (1.339)
  6. Switzerland (1.35)
  7. Portugal (1.372)
  8. Denmark (1.382)
  9. Slovenia (1.395)
  10. Malaysia (1.427)

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