If you’re seeking peace this year, place Europe in your sights. Despite grappling with region-wide civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe ranks atop this year’s Global Peace Index by hosting 13 of the 20 most peaceful countries in the world. Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Italy all crack the top 40 while another 6 European nations also fall within the top 10.
The GPI uses several factors to calculate rankings: safety and security, ongoing conflict and militarization among them.
One country that fails to live up to false sense of self – and you know where we’re going with this – is the United States. Our great nation falls somewhere between Algeria and Saudi Arabia as the GPI’s 121st most peaceful country. The USA is only four countries shy of entering a crimson-labeled very low “State of Peace,” joining the company of Palestine, Chad, Iran, Myanmar and Mali – also known as not popular tourists destinations.
As the 10th most peaceful country in the world, this destination might be one of the first places to consider trekking to in 2021. Press forward to discover the nine others countries deemed “most peaceful in the world.”