Portugal is, for the second year in a row, the third country with the best score in the Global Peace Index, a ranking that measures which countries are the most peaceful in the world and which is prepared by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) - has the same 1,247 points as in the 2019 edition. New Zealand leads the list, followed by Iceland.
In a note from the Ministry of the Interior, citing the report, the government praises the fact that Portugal ranks first among the countries of the European Union (EU) and has risen many places in the table since in 2014 it ranked 18th.
"In this 14th edition of the Index, which ranks 163 states and independent territories and covers 99.7% of the world's population, it is concluded that the global level of peace has deteriorated in a world in which the conflicts and crises that arose in the last decade have begun to diminish and are being replaced by a new wave of tension and uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The significant steps that Portugal has taken in recent years in terms of security have led to a reduction in crime and, consequently, to a gradual and consolidated rise in this ranking", reads the document.
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