Map: World is more peaceful, in general

The Guardian’s latest DataBlog visual information news is about global peace.

Despite some horribly violent events in places like Syria, Somalia and other hot spots, the Global Peace Index (GPI) says 2012 is the first time the world has become more peaceful since 2009. Iceland is most peaceful, according to this index, and sub-Saharan Africa is no longer seeing increasing violence. Still, among the least peaceful countries are Somalia and Sudan. Syria and Egypt had the biggest declines.

The GPI estimates that a completely peaceful world would have generated about $9 trillion dollars for the global economy. Put another way, war and conflict costs a lot.  You can go to The Guardian article or the GPI directly for access to the interactive map and to review their criteria for assessing peacefulness. Below is just a screen grab:

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.