Special Report

The Least Peaceful Countries in the World

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35. United States of America
> 2022 Peace index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.44 out of 5
> 10-yr. change in peace index score: 9.5% less peaceful
> 2021 expenditure & cost to contain, prevent, and deal with violence: $4.1 trillion (10% of GDP)
> Societal safety & security index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.23 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> Militarization index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 3.17 out of 5 – top 10% of all countries
> Ongoing conflict index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.77 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> GDP per capita, 2021: $69,288 – top 10% of all countries
> Population, 2021: 331,893,745 – top 10% of all countries

34. Brazil
> 2022 Peace index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.46 out of 5
> 10-yr. change in peace index score: 20.1% less peaceful
> 2021 expenditure & cost to contain, prevent, and deal with violence: $406.4 billion (8% of GDP)
> Societal safety & security index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 3.28 out of 5 – top 10% of all countries
> Militarization index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.97 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> Ongoing conflict index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.85 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> GDP per capita, 2021: $7,519 – middle 50% of all countries
> Population, 2021: 213,993,441 – top 10% of all countries

33. Burundi
> 2022 Peace index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.47 out of 5
> 10-yr. change in peace index score: 7.9% less peaceful
> 2021 expenditure & cost to contain, prevent, and deal with violence: $1.3 billion (8% of GDP)
> Societal safety & security index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 3.02 out of 5 – top 25% of all countries
> Militarization index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.56 out of 5 – bottom 25% of all countries
> Ongoing conflict index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.44 out of 5 – top 25% of all countries
> GDP per capita, 2021: $237 – bottom 10% of all countries
> Population, 2021: 12,255,429 – middle 50% of all countries

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32. Eritrea
> 2022 Peace index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.49 out of 5
> 10-yr. change in peace index score: 3.7% less peaceful
> 2021 expenditure & cost to contain, prevent, and deal with violence: $1.4 billion (17% of GDP)
> Societal safety & security index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 3.36 out of 5 – top 10% of all countries
> Militarization index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.91 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> Ongoing conflict index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.71 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> GDP per capita, 2011: $643 – bottom 10% of all countries
> Population, 2021: N/A

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31. Palestinian Territories
> 2022 Peace index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.55 out of 5
> 10-yr. change in peace index score: N/A
> 2021 expenditure & cost to contain, prevent, and deal with violence: $7.0 billion (15% of GDP)
> Societal safety & security index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.95 out of 5 – top 25% of all countries
> Militarization index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 1.99 out of 5 – middle 50% of all countries
> Ongoing conflict index (1-5 scale; most-least peaceful): 2.61 out of 5 – top 25% of all countries
> GDP per capita, 2021: $3,664 – middle 50% of all countries
> Population, 2021: 4,922,749 – bottom 25% of all countries

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