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28 October, 2022

Most peaceful countries to live in 2022

Global Peace Index is the annual report for those seeking a better quality of life. More than 160 countries were analyzed in the 2022 edition. Indicators like crime, corruption, militarisation and political stability were taken into account. The research was conducted by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

Most peaceful countries in the world that offer residence in 2022
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The Institute for Economics & Peace has once again determined the most and least peaceful countries in the world. In total, 163 nations — 97,7% of the world population — ended up in the Global Peace Index 2022. Countries that offer residency programs are among the highest-ranking ones.

Methodology of the Global Peace Index

To compose the Global Peace Index, three domains of peacefulness are used for evaluation. All domains have 23 indicators of the absence of violence or fear of violence in each country.

Domain 1: Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict — a country's role in internal and external conflicts.

Domain 2: Societal Safety and Security — crime rates, violent protests, terrorist activity, relationship with neighbouring countries, political stability.

Domain 3: Militarisation — number of armed service personnel per 100,000 residents, military expenditure as a percentage of GDP, nuclear and heavy weapon capabilities, access to small arms.

Each country in the Global Peace Index is evaluated using a 1—5 scale. The lower the score, the better. The countries with the lowest average score were named the most peaceful.

Top 10 most peaceful countries in the world

RankingCountry
10Japan
9Singapore
8Czech Republic
7Slovenia
6Portugal
5Austria
4Denmark
3Ireland
2New Zealand
1Iceland

The average level of global peacefulness deteriorated by 0,34% over the last two years. However, 81 countries improved their score. Europe remains the world's most peaceful region.

How to get residence in one of the most peaceful countries worldwide

67 countries in the report had their rankings marked as Very High or High. Among them are the countries that offer residence programs for financially independent people and their families.

The programs provide one or several options: for example, investing in real estate, government bonds, business or the culture of the country.

Highest-ranked countries from the GPI 2022 with investment programs

RankingCountryInvestment programs
5 AustriaResidence permit for financially independent persons
6 PortugalResidence permit by investment: Golden Visa
11 SwitzerlandResidence permit for financially independent persons
29 SpainResidence permit by investment: Golden Visa
53 GreeceResidence permit by investment: Golden Visa
67 CyprusPermanent residence by investment

A European Union residence permit allows investors to stay, work and study in the country of residence, as well as travel through the Schengen area visa-free.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for government programs in the European Union and the Caribbean. If you want to obtain residence in Europe, please consult investment program experts.

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Most peaceful countries to live in 2022