Turkey has again dropped three places in the Global Peace Index 2019 and was ranked 152nd among 163 countries, according to new data from the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
In the institute’s 2018 index, Turkey’s ranking fell from 146th to 149th.
According to the index, Turkey is the only country in Europe — the world’s most peaceful region — that is ranked among the 50 least peaceful countries in the world.
Most countries in Europe, apart from Turkey, register low levels political terror, which includes political imprisonment, disappearances and torture.
Although Turkey has the worst terrorism score in the region, there was a reduction in terrorism impact in 2019.
Meanwhile, Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, while Afghanistan is ranked the most violent, according to the index.
Iceland’s status as the most peaceful country in the world is a position it has held since 2008. The Nordic island was followed by New Zealand, Portugal, and Austria.