The Most Peaceful Countries for Living in LA


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If you want to live in the most peaceful countries in Latin-America, you would want to check the options in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay or Panama.

For now, maybe it’s not a good idea to try to find opportunities in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela; because these countries have serious problems due to organized crime, corruption, social movements, and/or political issues which directly affect peace and finding opportunities.

That information was revealed in the 2016 Global Peace Index by The Institute of Economics and Peace which, since 1996, using data to identify the countries at “risk of falling into instability and violence”.

This year, the most peaceful nations for living are:

  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Austria
  4. New Zealand
  5. Portugal

The Institute explains in its website that “the risk model allows a deep understanding of the resilience of nations towards internal and external shocks and can be used for forecasting risk and opportunity”, that means, that the analysis is considering economics and cultural aspects of these countries for their habitants.

That association also explains that the peace is more than the absence of violence and its ranking is from very high, high, medium, and low to very low.

“Positive Peace describes the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies”, say on its website.

In the last three years, the best LA countries are having better positions year after year. That means the very high qualifications. In the Index, less points means better position.


Mexico, for example has been having some of the worse qualifications, and always in the “low” position: in 2014, 138; in 2015, 144, and this year 140, just 23 positions from the worse countries in the world, Somalia (159), Afghanistan (160), Iraq (161), South Sudan (162) and Syria (163) which are in war.

But, how are the most peaceful countries in Latin-America? Let’s take a look.


1. Chile. Capital: Santiago. South-America. Rank 27. Score: 1635.


2. Costa Rica. Capital: San José. Central America and The Caribbean. Rank 33. Score: 1699.


3. Uruguay. Capital: Montevideo. South-America. Rank 35. Score: 1726.


4. Panamá. Capital: Panamá. Central America and the Caribbean. Rank 49. Score: 1837.


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