For the second straight year, Uruguay is garnering safety superlatives in Latin America.
Last year, Uruguay was named the “least violent” country in Latin America by a Santiago-based non-profit analyzing citizen safety across the region. This year it’s the Institute of Economics and Peace bestowing the “most peaceful” medal on Uruguay in their 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI).
The GPI measures peace in 162 countries based on 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators of the absence of violence and the fear of violence.
Uruguay (#24) is categorized as a country where the state of peace is “Very High” alongside countries like The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Taiwan.
After Uruguay, the GPI ranks Chile (31), Costa Rica (40), Panama (56) and Argentina (60) as the other Top 5 Latin American countries where the state of peace is described as “High.” Rounding out the Top 10 are Cuba (65), Nicaragua (66), Brazil (81), Ecuador (83) and Bolivia (86) where the state of peace is classified as “Medium.”
On a global scale, the GPI says 110 countries have become “less peaceful” since 2008. Overall, the three “most peaceful” nations are Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand, and the three “least peaceful” are Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan. (Full Story in Spanish)
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