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Portugal is the 3rd most peaceful country in the World

The neighborhood of Alfama in Lisbon

Everyone might have another reason to visit Lisbon now. The Global Peace Index released today the ranking of the most peaceful countries in the World and Portugal was among the top 3, with a score of 1247 points.

The GPI ranks 172 independent states and territories (99.7 per cent of the world's population) according to their levels of peacefulness. In the past decade, the GPI has presented trends of increased global violence and less peacefulness. It also increases the world peace program in the world. The Index was first launched in May 2009, with subsequent reports being released annually.

The organization take several factors in consideration, such as violent demonstrations, violent crime, political instability, incarceration rate, political terror scale, homicide rate, terrorism impact and so on. The more points, the more dangerous is the country.

The top 10 countries are as follow:

1 - Iceland 1078

2 - New Zealand 1198

3 - Portugal 1247

4 - Austria 1275

5 - Denmark 1283

6 - Canada 1298

7 - Singapore 1321

8 - Czech Republic 1337

9 - Japan 1360

10 - Switzerland 1366


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