NEW YORK – The Institute for Economic and Peace on Thursday, said Syria has overtaken Afghanistan as the world’s least peaceful country.
It said Iceland tops the list of the most peaceful country, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Finland, Canada and Japan.
It said Europe leads the world in peace, while South Asia remains at the bottom of the overall regional rankings.
It stated that the economic impact of violence was twice the size of the combined gross domestic product of the 54 African countries, as the world spent 9.5 trillion dollars to deal with violence in 2012.
The report stated that terrorism, conflicts including new outbreaks, and displacement of people caused worldwide peace to deteriorate slightly in 2013.
“This confirms a seven-year, gradual but significant downward slide, which overturns a 60-year trend of increasing global peacefulness dating back to the end of the Second World War,” it said. (dpa/NAN)