13:54 Jun. 15, 2016
Meanwhile, Iceland has been declared the safest country for the sixth year in a row
The Global Peace Index has found Syria to be the least peaceful country for the second year running as it continues to be ravaged by a civil war considered to be the deadliest in the 21st century.
Yemen, Ukraine and Libya entered the top 10 most dangerous countries, as conflict's in the three countries show little sign of abating.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and North Korea maintained ‘very low' peace ratings, but the still managed to climb out of the bottom 10 after experiencing a less troubled year. Little changed at the top of the index – which is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace - as Iceland was crowned the world's most peaceful country for the sixth time in a row.
Finland dropped out of the top 10 to number 11, although it maintained its ‘very high' peace status, Australia, however, slipped into 15th place and is now only considered to have a ‘high' state of peace.
Overall, 81 countries are considered more peaceful than in 2015, however, the state of peace in 79 was found to have deteriorated.
According to the report: "The single greatest indicator change occurred on terrorism impact, which deteriorated by more than 20 per cent on average, followed by refugees and IDPs and internal conflict deaths."
It said 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 sixty years."