New Zealand ranked the world’s safest country
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New Zealand ranked the world’s safest country

According to the new Global Peace Index (GPI), New Zealand tops the list of countries that are the safest in the world.
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/>It’s New Zealand’s second year in a row for the top spot and this is deemed largely thanks to the nation’s good race relations, low defence spending and diplomacy.
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/>Index founder Steve Killelea said, “It [has] non-engagement in military conflicts and also it’s got very good relationships with its neighbouring states.”
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/>Killelea is an Australian international technology entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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/>Other nations, like Iceland in second position, received high ratings for things like low levels of internal conflict, cohesive and integrated populations, efficient and accountable governments, regional integration, high attendance at schools, low corruption, freedom of the press and respect for human rights.
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/>Small, stable, democratic nations ranked consistently high with the following making the top 10 after New Zealand and Iceland: Japan (3), Austria (4), Norway (5), Ireland (6), Denmark (7), Luxembourg (8), Finland (9) and Sweden (10).

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/>New Zealand’s neighbour, Australia, maintained its 19th spot. Britain was ranked at 31, just above Italy but below a lot of Europe.
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/>The United States ranked slightly better than last year in 85. The number of years that have passed since September 11 without a terrorist attack are considered part of this improvement, while the availability of guns, its involvement in foreign wars and a high prison population keep it low on the list.
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/>Iraq still came in at the bottom of the list in 149 (for the fourth year running), behind nations like Afghanistan (147), Somalia (148) and Israel (144).
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/>Ethiopia was ranked as the most improved in 127.
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