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Wednesday, June 13 , 2012 - 5.59 GMT
Sri Lanka biggest gainer in Global Peace Index


Sri Lanka is now amongst one of the top 5 risers on the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2012.

According to the 2012 Global Peace Index, end of war sees Sri Lanka as biggest riser, leaping nearly 30 places.

Sri Lanka is ranked 103 overall and 17 in the Asia Pacific region, ahead of India (142), Pakistan (149) and Thailand (129).

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness. Now in its sixth year, it ranks 158 nations according to their ‘absence of violence’.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which produces the Global Peace Index said the world has become slightly more peaceful in the last year reversing a two-year trend.

The GPI produced for the sixth year ranks 158 nations using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators which measure ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization.

Sri Lanka's score improved markedly for the second successive year in the aftermath of the defeat of the LTTE and the ending of two decades of war in May 2009, the IEP says in its report.

The overall score of the Asia Pacific regions is improved by the largest extent from last year and included three of the top five risers, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Bhutan.

Iceland is once again ranked the most peaceful country in the world, followed by Denmark and New Zealand.

Syria has seen the biggest drop in margin, falling over 30 places to be placed at 147th. The UK has fallen three places to 29th position, meaning it is the first year the UK placement has not risen in the list.

Somalia is the least peaceful country at 158th position and with a score of 3.392. Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo make up the bottom five.

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