Everyone knows there’s violence in the world. Countries at war, cities under fire, innocent people killed. But for most of us, these conflicts are thousands of miles away. We continue to live our daily lives in the peaceful countries we call home.
What most people don’t know is that it’s in these peaceful countries that many of the world’s most deadly weapons are made and exported. We are all responsible. But together, we can spread peace.
The world needs to know.
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Special thanks to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Small Arms Survey for their support and dedication to arms research.
All facts and figures from this website are estimated based on publicly available information. Resources include: http://armstrade.sipri.org/, http://www.genevadeclaration.org/, http://smallarmssurvey.org, and http://www.un-register.org/.
Please see these resources for further details on sources and calculations of this information.
For centuries, people in search of the American Dream have traveled to the land of the free and the home of the brave. With an area of almost 10 million square miles, there are no shortage of vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and robust cities to visit.
FACT: The United Nations Headquarters resides in international territory in New York City.
The sheer size of Canada’s natural beauty is impressive, stretching from the lush orchards of the east to the beautiful rainforests of the west. The world’s second largest country is also its fourth most peaceful, enjoying a high level of safety, high standard of living and high life expectancy.
FACT: Canada’s terror risk is the lowest among major Western countries.
Few places in the world offer the history, culture and scenery of the United Kingdom. It’s a perfect getaway. This peaceful country also ranks 29 on the Global Peace Index, scoring extremely well in both neighboring country relations and homicide rates.
FACT: The national emblem of England, the Tudor rose, is a symbol of peace.
A country rich in history, France offers it all: pristine beaches, storybook castles, picturesque countryside and elegant cities. The world’s most popular tourist destination also boasts a top fifty Global Peace Index, having declined to participate in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
FACT: In 2012, France had one of the lowest homicide rates in the entire world.
There is much more to Belgium than its delicious chocolates, fluffy waffles and authentic beer. With its castle-dotted landscapes, historic architecture and world-class art, this peaceful country has plenty to offer those keen to explore it.
FACT: Belgium has been recognized as the best country for children’s education.
A country of canals, windmills and cyclists, the Netherlands packs a big profile into a small geographic region. The “land of compromise” earned a top 30 Global Peace Index ranking, with high government stability and a low prison population rate.
FACT: The International Court of Justice is at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The landlocked, mountainous country of Switzerland may be known for its financial institutions, fine chocolates, luxury watches and breathtaking scenery, but the peaceful nation has also long stayed out of wars that raged around them. Their number 10 Global Peace Index ranking is no surprise.
FACT: Switzerland has an unemployment rate of 2.7%, the lowest of any country.
There are no shortage of getaways in Germany, which has 31% of its country covered in forests and woodlands, not to mention an endless supply of castles, ski resorts and beer gardens. The world’s 15th most peaceful country continues to thrive near the top of the Global Peace Index.
FACT: There are more soccer fan clubs in Germany than in any other country.
Nothing is very far away in Denmark. You’re always just a short drive from the picture-postcard prettiness of a small village house, church or country inn. It’s no wonder this beautiful country is also one of the world’s most peaceful, holding the number two spot on the Global Peace Index.
FACT: Denmark was the first European country to abolish slavery.
Beautiful countryside, endless cycle routes and majestic winters make Sweden the ultimate escape for those who love the outdoors. This peaceful country also placed 14th on the Global Peace Index, with high scores for low violent crime rates and minimal military activity.
FACT: Sweden was the birthplace of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
Colombian armed conflict (1964–present)
Denmark, France, Netherlands , Germany, USA, Canada
2012 East DR Congo Conflict, Lord's Resistance Army Insurgency (1987-present) (in 3 other countries)
Kurdish separatism in Iran (1918-present), Balochistan conflict (1948-present) (in one other country)
56,762 - 65,000
War in North-West Pakistan (2004- present),
55,562 - 63,800
France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, Sweden
Insurgency in Northeast India (1964-present), Naxalite–Maoist insurgency (1967-present), Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir (1989-present), 2012 Assam violence
France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, Sweden
Islamic insurgency in the Philippines (1969-present), Communist insurgency in the Philippines (1942-present)
From 2005 to 2010, Sweden was also one of the world's top weapons exporters.Next
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Approximate deaths from
lethal violence in 2012