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World’s most peaceful countries 2023: Sierra Leone ranks 3rd in Africa, 1st in West Africa

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Sierra Leone ranks as the 3rd most peaceful country in Sub-Saharan Africa, sitting behind Mauritius and Botswana, and 47th globally, with a score of 1.792; in the 17th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2023, which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.

The index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the Global Peace Index is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. The report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

The GPI covers 163 countries comprising 99.7 percent of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace across three domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict and the degree of Militarisation.

Peaceful societies enjoy greater income growth, stronger currencies and higher foreign investment—not to mention political stability and a greater sense of happiness among their citizens.

The economic impact of violence on the global economy is quantifiable: $17.5 trillion in purchasing-power parity (PPP) terms, or 12.9% of total global GDP—that’s $2,200 less economic output for each person on the planet.

These are the most significant takeaways from the 2023 Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of global peace. Compiled by the international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), it covers 163 independent states and territories home to 99.7% of the world’s population.

The ranking, which is based on 23 indicators grouped into three criteria (societal safety and security; extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and degree of militarization), shows 84 countries recording improvement and 79 showing deterioration.

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