Finland is among the ten most peaceful nations in the world. Finland is ranked number 9 in the Institute for Economics and Peace annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The index is ranking 158 nations based on their levels of peacefulness. According to GPI, the world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009.
The most peaceful country in the rankings is Iceland, followed by Denmark and New Zealand in the joint second place, fourth is Canada, fifth Japan, in joint sixth ranking Austria and Ireland, eight Slovenia, ninth Finland and tenth Switzerland.
The rankings and GPI scores are calculated using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators. To achieve a low (and the best) ranking the index looked for low levels of internal conflict, cohesive integrated populations, efficient and accountable governments, high levels of regional integration, high enrolment and attendance in primary and secondary schools, low levels of corruption, freedom of the press, and respect for human rights.