World peace mapped, Mexico fares poorly
The Global Peace Index was released Wednesday. Its modest goal: rank the nations of the world by their peacefulness.
Iceland came in first, knocking off New Zealand. And Somalia took last place, with Iraq moving up to second-to-last.
Mexico nearly dropped into the bottom 20 percent of violent nations. Venezuela, Guatemala and Columbia fall into that category.
Overall, the world is slightly less peaceful than last year.
The index uses 23 indicators, including military expenditures, prison population, potential for terrorist acts and level of violent crime.
Here's how some of the Latin American countries fared:
- 21. Uruguay
- 31. Costa Rica — The Central American country abolished its army more than 60 years ago.
- 38. Chile
- 49. Panama — Once one of Latin America's safest countries, it's increasingly home to gangs and drug violence.
- 55. Argentina
- 67. Cuba
- 72. Nicaragua
- 74. Brazil — Police are trying to take back the favelas in a country set to host the Olympic Games and World Cup.
- 76. Bolivia
- (82. United States)
- 85. Peru
- 90. Ecuador
- 91. Dominican Republic
- 106. Jamaica — The Caribbean is becoming an increasingly dangerous way station for drug traffickers.
- 113. Haiti — Thousands of Haitians are being kicked out of camps for the displaced.
- 117. Honduras
- 121. Mexico — Ciudad Juarez recorded more than 3,000 homicides in 2010, making it the deadliest year ever in the border city.
- 124. Venezuela
- 125. Guatemala — In Guatemala, a tiny country with a big crime problem, murder is always in the offing.
- 139. Colombia — The country is trying to rebuild after decades of war.
This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.