Global Peace Index names Iceland as world's safest vacation spot

| Friday, July 1, 2016 - 21:46
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Iceland claimed the top spot of the safest country for the sixth year running.

London: Iceland can be an ideal destination for your next holiday as it has been named as the world's safest vacation spot.
Based on the recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking, the Institute for Economics and Peace charted the world's safest destinations, the Daily Mail reported.

Iceland also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. 
The country has a population of 332,529 and covers an area of 103,000 km2, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Its capital and the largest city is Reykjavik.

Out of 163 countries considered, Iceland claimed the top spot for the sixth year running aided by its low murder rate and small population. The country spends 242 million dollars on violence, which is substantially smaller than other places.
Denmark came in at number two, while Austria came third due to its low weapon imports and peaceful democracy.
New Zealand is rarely involved in international conflict making it prime for the fourth place on the index.
At number five Portugal has little domestic violence, a very high-security officials count and markedly low armament.
The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada and Japan made it to sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively.

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