Uganda 103rd Least Peaceful Country in the World

Uganda has been ranked the 103rd least peaceful country in the world, according the 2009 Global Peace Index.

The study by the Institute for Economics and Peace in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, measured nations according to 24 criteria such as the potential for terror attacks, the level of violent crime, or the number of conflicts it is fighting.

The criteria were then weighted and tabulated to rank 144 countries and countries most at peace are ranked first, meaning a lower score indicates a more peaceful country.

In East Africa, Tanzania tops at position 59 followed by Rwanda at number 86 and Uganda at position 103. Kenya is at number 113 while Burundi is the least peaceful in East Africa at 127.

Overall, the most peaceful countries are New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Austria and Sweden in that order. In Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Gabon and Ghana are the most peaceful.

The least peaceful countries are Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.