Korea Scores Middling on Peace Index

    November 19, 2008 09:09

    Korea ranked 37th of 76 countries in the peace index last year, up five places from 2006, according to the World Peace Forum on Tuesday.

    The Forum calculates the index based on political, defense, and diplomatic and socioeconomic factors. Korea scored 74.1 points, a little higher than the average of 73.6 among the 76 countries. South Korea hit bottom in 54th place during the second North Korean nuclear crisis in 2002, but since then has stood around 40, from 43rd in 2003 to 42nd in 2006.

    The forum said although the level of peace in the socioeconomic sector has been rising steadily, the standoff between the two Koreas and political and defense tensions arising from it have been holding the country back.

    Sweden maintained its top position for a second year with 90.4 points, and many European countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway and Germany were in the top tier together with Australia.

    Pakistan found itself in the other end of the scale with 44.9 points due to instability at its border with Afghanistan and religious conflicts. India, Syria and Nigeria were also in the bottom group. Some countries including North Korea were excluded due to lack of sufficient data.

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