How to choose the most peaceful country for you and your family

With so many other criteria to check off a moving-overseas list, peacefulness doesn’t always feature. But for families moving overseas, perhaps it should… Here’s why, and how to find out how peaceful it is where you’re thinking of going.

Four children hiking in the woods
Can you do this safely where you’re choosing to live?

Moving overseas is hard. I really do understand, having moved internationally several times before and after having children.

There are so many criteria to think of from employment to finding a new school; taxation to healthcare; cost of living to ease of travelling back to relatives; and safety and family friendliness, plus many more

Many of the criteria you can find out about online and by asking other expats. Angloinfo’s How-To sections at each regional website, for example, are packed with moving information that cover the criteria mentioned above.

One criteria that’s particularly significant for expat families, that’s hard to measure and pin down, is peacefulness, which has a direct effect on personal safety. After all, the more peaceful a place the safer it’s likely to be.

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It’s difficult to measure peace but it has been done by the Institute for Economics and Peace

Fortunately, there is a good resource for checking out peacefulness, and that’s The Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

The current, 2017, ranking places Iceland as the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark, all of which were ranked highly in last year’s GPI.

Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world, with eight of the ten most peaceful countries coming from this region. Although overall peace in Europe improved, that improvement was dragged down by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Nice. In contrast, the United States has experienced the fourth largest drop in Positive Peace globally, after Syria, Greece and Hungary in the ten years to 2015.

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Try to find out if the place you’re intending to move your family to will make you feel relaxed and happy

Top Top most Peaceful countries, according to the 2017 GPI

If you’re interested in finding out more about living in Portugal, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland or Japan, click on a link below which will take you to extensive information on all aspects of moving to and setting up your home there:

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Slovenia
  8. Canada
  9. Switzerland
  10. =10 Ireland and Japan

View the interactive Global Peace Index map and download the full report.