Dangerous describes something that encompasses danger. Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq are the most dangerous countries in the world.
Other deeply fragile states include Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Central African Republic. Pakistan and North Korea moved out of the top 10 while Ukraine is now ranked eighth due to the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region.
Europe remained the most peaceful geographical region with Iceland, Denmark, and Austria the most peaceful countries in the world. However, despite Europe’s relative peacefulness, the average score in Europe deteriorated. This is due to terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels as well as the escalation of violence and instability in Turkey – a country which has also suffered deeply – now ranked 19th from 28th last year.
The largest improvement since 2016 was in Central America and the Caribbean, while South America also made progress in its levels of peacefulness. MENA had the largest decline, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific respectively.