Close to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport lies a special bridge. It connects two continents, America to the west and Europe to the east, as it lies across the point where two tectonic plates are diverging. A few minutes southwards from the bridge is Gunnuhver, a hot spring area named after a ghost.
03.10.2013 | 11:10
Iceland World’s Most Peaceful Country
Out of 162 countries, Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. This is according to a new survey by the Global Peace Index.
Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
Small and stable democratic states fill the list’s top spots, rúv.is reports. Denmark and New Zealand come in second and third. Finland ranks number seven, Sweden number nine and Norway is in eleventh place while Great Britain is in 44th place. Europe is the most peaceful continent. Turkey, however, is the only European country so far down the list, coming in at 134th place.
The United States ranks 100th on the list.
According to the report, the world is now five per cent less peaceful then in 2008. The least peaceful countries are Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. In Chad, Georgia and Haiti, the situation has significantly improved in the last six years.
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