Sri Lanka experienced the greatest improvement in its overall peacefulness following the end of a 30 year long civil war, according to the 2012 Global Peace Index released today.
Sri Lanka joins Philippines, Zimbabwe, Bhutan and Guyana in the list of top 5 countries that registered “improvements in peacefulness” in the 2012 Global Peace Index.
Sri Lanka’s score improved significantly for the second successive year following the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.
Sri Lanka is ranked 103 overall and 17 in the Asia Pacific region, ahead of India, Pakistan and Thailand.
Iceland is ranked the most peaceful at the top of the list and Somalia is ranked 158th and the United States of America is ranked 88th.
The Global Peace Index uses 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators which include indicators such as number of deaths from internal conflict, incidence of terrorist acts, the likelihood of violent demonstrations.