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Come to Portugal - 'the third most peaceful country in the world'

praiagrandelagoaPortugal is the third most peaceful country in the world, and of the top three, certainly is the most lively.

In a ranking of 163 countries in the 2017 Global Peace Index, Iceland came top, followed by New Zealand.

The annual Index is commissioned by the Institute for Economy and Peace based in Australia and showed that Portugal’s ranking was up two places, thus consolidating its position as one of the most wonderfully peaceful and cuddly countries in the world.

The survey compilers said that Portugal has had "a remarkable improvement", considering that for five years it languished in 16th place while Troika inspired austerity measures were used to try and crush the spirit of her citizens..

The report links Portugal's rise to third to its gradual economic recovery from the crippling financial crisis which resulted in 'a degree of internal instability.'

Portugal has improved in 12 of the 23 indicators used in compiling the Global Peace Index. Where the country scored notably worse than the year before was in 'arms imports' and 'violent demonstrations.'

"Despite the increase in arms imports and the number of internal security and police officers per 100,000 inhabitants, all other indicators have improved or remain unchanged this year," read the index report which pointed out a drop in homicides and in political instability due to the more user-friendly administration under the Socialist Party’s, António Costa, whose smile many medical researchers now consider to be highly infectious.

The report showed that budgetary constraints contributed to a reduction in military operations abroad, in the size of the Armed Forces and in military spending, making Portugal one of the world's least militarised countries as it simply has not been able to afford the necessary spending in the past year.

At the top of the table are Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark, while the least peaceful countries in the world remain Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen.




Some traditionally peaceful celebrations after a footballing victory, 2016

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+16 #7 Marjolein Massis 2017-06-03 17:36
The History man is so right. Safety for your body is only a small part of live. Safety for your mind is more important. In Denmark people look at you free and open and with a secure smile. They know they are backed up by their government with a fair legal system, good health system, money in case of real need. You never have to bow your head because someone else has more money, more power of more important friends and because of that will always win. The Finances will not take your house and sell it and some agency will not destroy your house because they can take the power to do so. If you want to build up a business you can get help and advise from the government. You are IMPORTANT . The left parties in Portugal are slowly going that way.But the old crew are working against it. The Portugese love there country so much. Please honour that and help them to become their free and wonderful self again. Like the Danish, nobody will leave the country to be happy somewhere else. Too the "OLD CREW" do not all be a Trump. Is more and more money so important for the few, that you will lose your children and grandchildren for it? For once use your intellect, experience and love for your country to be generous to the new generation and give them the security and health of mind the Danish have. Then Portugal will be really a beautiful star in Europe. It has all the building blocks, just put them correct and decent together.
+2 #6 Historyman 2017-06-03 16:22
Get a sanity check guys ! Portugal is not a normal country - it is traumatised. It should not be in the 'normal' country category but in a separate one for those emerging from recent dictatorships and military regimes. Portugal and the Portuguese are so different as the bad guys and those that lived through the Troubles, eyes averted from anything that could get them into trouble, are still alive.
Tens of thousands of South Americans died violently or disappeared in just a few years in their brief Troubles in the 60's, 70's and 80's in countries like Brazil and Argentina. Portugal had several decades of the same denial of basic Rights; most importantly to Life.
Yet no one in Portugal has since even dared to ask, as those 'famous' mothers of the missing in Argentina have been doing - what happened to our loved ones?
+1 #5 dw 2017-06-02 23:57
Arms imports?

Considering the "military operations abroad" and weapons sales by the world's most militarised country the United States, largely responsible for the chaos in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen, it's odd that it doesn't get a mention.
+3 #4 Rafael Leão 2017-06-02 17:59
Peter Gee: There are much worse things than that. That's migrant movements and they exist all over Europe. Much worse is when a countrys youth start blowing themselfs up in concerts. That is much more serious.
-3 #3 Peter Gee 2017-06-01 23:25
Quoting Marjolein Massis:
Than why are so many, thousands and thousands, off intelligent young persons leaving the country to live and work somewhere else?
leaving the country peaceful and rather empty...
+9 #2 Marjolein Massis 2017-06-01 23:20
Than why are so many, thousands and thousands, off intelligent young persons leaving the country to live and work somewhere else?
+2 #1 liveaboard 2017-06-01 18:49
My village has a population of 600 [ish], the majority of whom are over 60 years old.
Yet we have our own GNR outpost with 5 or 10 officers and 4 vehicles.
One of them complained to me that there's hardly any crime to be fought.

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