A new report says the world slightly more peaceful than it a year ago. The report was by an organization the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The IEP has on world peace for the past 10 years. Every year, it a document called the Global Peace Index (GPI). This index 163 countries and territories on their level of peacefulness. It also offers advice on how to develop peaceful societies. The latest report that the world became 0.28% more peaceful over the past year. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. It has number one on the GPI since 2008. The next four most peaceful countries New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.
The report says that in the past year, 93 countries have more peaceful, while 68 have more violent. Researchers many things to out the level of peace in each country. They measured the murder rate, how easy it to get weapons, terrorism and terror attacks, and the number of soldiers or police each country had. The IEP said Syria the least peaceful country in the world. Syria has now bottom of the list for five years in a row. The next four most violent countries Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. The chairman of the IEP that: "The world is still  with conflict in the Middle East, political turmoil in the US, refugee flows, and terrorism in Europe."