Denmark remains world’s second most peaceful country

Copenhagen shootings in February had a small effect

According to the 2015 Global Peace Index (here in English), Denmark remains one of the most peaceful nations in the world to reside in, ranking second behind Iceland.

The Danes kept their position in the rankings from last year despite being one of the nations affected by terrorist attacks over the past year.

“The threat of terrorism has also affected many of the world’s most peaceful countries, with terrorist attacks occurring in France, Denmark and Australia in the last year,” the index found.

“Denmark’s score fell moderately following its decision to increase military expenditure and due to the impact of terrorism as a result of the 2015 Copenhagen shootings.”

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Syria bottom again
There was good news for Denmark though, as the index revealed the country has experienced a homicide decrease of over 30 percent since 2008.

The index ranked Austria third, followed by New Zealand and Switzerland, while Finland, Canada, Japan, Australia and Czech Republic rounded up the top 10.

Syria remained the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.