The Caribbean islands are mostly in the news for violence and crime, however, those reports cannot mean the countries do not have peace at all.
The level of peace in the Caribbean was quantified by the Institute for Economics and Peace in its 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) released in June.
The world’s leading measure of global peacefulness presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis of trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.
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It uses 23 indicators and measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation.
The 2018 GPI found that the global level of peace has deteriorated for the fourth successive year as only 71 countries improved out of 163 countries.
Iceland maintained its top spot since 2008 as the most peaceful country in the world followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark respectively. At the bottom is Syria which maintained its least peaceful country in the world status since 2013. It is followed by Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia respectively.
Meanwhile, only five Caribbean countries were featured in the list under Central America & The Caribbean region. They all made it in the top 100 peaceful countries.
They are listed below according to their ranking.