Portugal was ranked 3rd in the Global Peace Index. The country remains one of the safest in the world, even in a crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Investors who register a residence permit for Portugal can be confident in the stability of their "alternate airfield".
How do the Peace Country Rankings
The Peace Country Ranking is made up of experts from the Australian Institute for Economics and Peace. The first report was published in 2007. The position is influenced by the level of crime in the country, foreign policy and militarization of the state.
The global ranking of peaceful countries is the most comprehensive report on the level of security in the world today. It covers 163 countries with 99.7% of the world's population. To make the rating 23 quantitative and qualitative indicators are used.
Experts note the link between the state's position in the rating and GDP per capita, citizens' education, transparency of government actions and the level of corruption. The higher the country's position in the list, the more comfortable it is to live there.
Portugal in the ranking of peaceful countries
Portugal was ranked 3rd in the Global Peace Index 2020. It was second only to Iceland and New Zealand - the annual leaders of the list. It was followed by Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark and Singapore.
The people of Portugal are law-abiding. They are friendly towards immigrants and guests of the country, ready to help them in difficult situations. The high position in the ranking proves that the country is safe and comfortable both for recreation and for permanent residence.
Portugal has not always been in the top positions of the ranking. In 2013-2014, against the background of the financial crisis, it was ranked 18th. But in recent years, the country has done a lot of work in the field of security and peacekeeping and has become a leader. It is expected to stay in the top five of the rating for a long time
Besides security, Portugal has many other advantages: a mild climate, a high level of ecology, the presence of the Russian-speaking diaspora. We analyzed the living conditions in the country in detail in our review article.
Global Peace Index 2020: trends against the backdrop of a pandemic
The countries in the ranking are assessed by 26 indicators. The total value of all indicators for all countries in the rating in 2020 decreased by 0.34% compared to 2019. This is the ninth decline in the last 12 years.
In 2020, 81 countries improved and 80 more showed lower results than last year. Afghanistan was the least peaceful country for the second consecutive year. The USA took 121st place, Great Britain 42nd, and Russia 154th place.
Regional indicators Global Peace Index
The most peaceful region in 2020 is Europe. The least peaceful is the Middle East and North Africa.
The report of the authors of the rating indicates that the conflicts and crises of the last decade have started to fade away. Each crisis, including the pandemic, causes exacerbation of the situation. It is noteworthy that Portugal has not changed since last year 一 the situation in the country remains stable
Country and regional security has always been an important aspect that affects investors' choices. This is indirectly confirmed by the fact that wealthy people are increasingly participating in Portugal's residence permit programme for investment. May 2020 was a record-breaking year for the number of approved applications.