South Africa ranked 125th on the world's peaceful countries list

South Africa ranked 125th on the world's peaceful countries list

- The Global Peace Index for 2018 was recently shared and South Africa ranked rather low at 125

- The recent increase in violence and political unrest has caused South Africa to drop 2 spots from where it was in 2017

- South Africa compares poorly to some African countries like Botswana, but fares better against South Sudan and Somalia

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The Global Peace Index looks at the world's state of peace and then compares the countries to each other. The Global Peace Index has 22 indicators it uses to analyse the peace of a country.

The Global Peace Index was launched in 2007 and is updated every year. The index for 2018 was released and Africa isn't doing too well.

While there are peaceful countries in Africa, most African countries were ranked very low in the peace index. South Africa fared pretty poorly as well.

Sadly, South Africa didn't even reach the top 10 safest countries in Africa. Iceland is considered the most peaceful country in the world, followed by New Zealand.

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South Africa was placed at 125 on the list - not a good spot at all, but understandable given the violence increase in the country.

Last year South Africa was the 123rd most peaceful country out of 163 countries which means SA has worsened and dropped two spots.


Zimbabwe is ranked just above South Africa at 124.

Mauritius is considered the safest country in Africa and ranks at number 20 in the world. Botswana and Sierra Leone took spots 2 and 3 in Africa.

According to the GPI, Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are some of the least peaceful countries in the world.

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The GPI uses a number of factors when calculating the peace index of a country, such as homicides per 100 000 people, violent demonstrations, level of violent crime, political instability and heavy weapons capability.

When comparing South Africa to other countries there are mixed results. When compared to Botswana, South Africa is worse of on the GPI, but according to figures by Numbeo, Local Purchasing Power in South Africa is 51.07% higher than in Botswana.

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But consumer prices in South Africa are 14.15% higher than in Botswana.

When comparing South Africa to Nigeria, South Africa has a much higher consumer price index than Nigeria with 12.5% to 4.3%. Nigeria is ranked 148 on the GPI.

But not all is dark and gloom in South Africa. found some positive news about South Africa.

South Africa is considered the 3rd most civilised country is Africa. The first spot goes to Egypt and Nigeria is second.

So, while South Africans may be fearful and unsure of their safety and the country's economy, at least they're civilised about it.

South Africa is also considered the most technologically advanced country on the African continent.

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