QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica is among “more peaceful” of the 162 countries covered by the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) latest study.
The country ranks 34 out of 162 countries.
The GPI indicators for Costa Rica is 3 out of 5 perceive criminality in society (1 very low, 5 very high) by EIU analysts. 1.0/5 on Intensity of internal conflict, 2.0/5 on violent demonstrations and violent crime, and 1/5 on Terrorism impact.
The country scores poorly, 4/5 on access to weapons. According to the IEP, civilian access to small arms are worryingly high.
Even Switzerland (ranked 5 out of 162) famously detached when it come to any external conflict, the IEP says it loses a number of points on the overall index because of its proportionately huge rate of arms exports per 100,000 of the population.
The top 5 ranked are: Iceland (1), Denmark (2), Austria (3), New Zealand (4) and Switzerland (5).
The IEP says that for a country to score at the lowest level for all its indicators for conflict, it must not have been involved in any “contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths in a year”.
The Global Peace Index measures the latest data up to the end of the year before – meaning that the state of international conflict right now is actually even worse than the study suggests.