Damascus Syria

The Institute for Economics and Peace ranked 163 countries in its 10th edition of  the Global Peace Index.

Iceland has topped  the list as the safest, unfortunately Syria has the distinction as the most dangerous country in the world, for the second year in a row.

“The single greatest indicator change occurred on terrorism impact, which deteriorated by more than 20 percent on average, followed by refugees and internally displaced people and internal conflict deaths,” the report states. “Terrorism is at an all-time high, battle deaths from conflict are at a 25-year high, and the number of refugees and displaced people are at a level not seen in 60 years.”

South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia rounded out the five most dangerous countries.

Despite recent headlines, Europe was once again named the most peaceful region in the world.