This week, the Institute for Economics and Peace published its annual Global Peace Index. This year’s index highlighted that continuous civil wars and the refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of containing global violence.
Despite ongoing improvements in peace in many countries, the number and intensity of armed conflicts increased dramatically, with a 267 percent rise in the number of deaths from conflict since 2010, according to the report.
In the report, Norway became the 17th most peaceful country after Solvenia and Germany.
The Global Peace Index states that Norway, a country better known for its support of global humanitarian and peacebuilding efforts, has had an increase in its militarisation score, driven by exports of air defence systems, ships and advanced weaponry. As a result the country had a lower score than expected.