Ghana ranked 4th most peaceful country in Africa -Here is Africa's top 5.
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Ghana came 4th after Botswana and Malawi and Mauritius respectively as the most peaceful country in Africa in the latest Global Peace Index.
Ghana placed 44th in the world with Iceland leading the overall chart as the most ‘peaceful’ nation on Earth in the 2019 Global Peace Index.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the index showed that 27 of the region’s 44 countries deteriorated in peacefulness, however, the following countries made major improvements: Rwanda, The Gambia, Djibouti, Eswatini, and Somalia.
Meanwhile, the top most peaceful countries in the Sub-Saharan African region were found to be more peaceful than most countries in Europe including the United Kingdom; and the United States of America.
The report measures the ‘peacefulness’ of 163 countries with a range of measures including military spending and deaths from conflict and terrorism, as well as an estimated economic cost of violence.
Top 5 in Africa
Mauritius maintained its top position in Africa as the most peaceful in the continent while ranking 24th globally. Despite going down four places in its global ranking, the country ranked ahead of Italy, England, France and the United States.
Botswana also maintained its position as the second most peaceful country in the region despite going down by a place – 30th position globally as compared to 29th last year.
Ranking 40th globally, Malawi is the third most peaceful country in Africa. The country rose four places compared to last year’s Index where it was placed 44th in the world and 7th in Africa.
The West African country moved up by a place to become the fourth most peaceful country in Africa, replacing Madagascar. It, however, moved down by three places as it ranked 44th globally as compared to last year’s 41st position in the world.
As the fifth most peaceful African country, Zambia rose three places compared to last year’s index where it was placed eighth in Africa. Its global ranking was 48th.