Korea Ranked Above Average in Peace Index

    June 01, 2007 06:31

    Norway is the world's most peaceful country, and Iraq is the most dangerous, according to a recent study.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit, a survey agency of the British weekly the Economist, released its "Global Peace Index" on Wednesday.

    The index ranks countries by their level of peace, which is determined by examining 20 categories, such as frequency of war, the number of dead soldiers, and military spending.

    Norway tops the index among the 121 countries surveyed, followed by New Zealand, Denmark, and Ireland. Japan is fifth, being the most peaceful country in Asia. Iraq ranks 121st, the lowest position. South Korea is 32nd.

    The U.S. ranks 96th alongside Iran and Yemen, which means it is regarded as a dangerous country. Sudan, Israel, Russia, and Nigeria also rank very low. North Korea was not ranked due to a lack of data.

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