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Peace Rank of The Middle East, North Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa

The average peace score of Sub-Saharan Africa dropped somewhat, although it continues to rank ahead of Russia and Eurasia, South Asia, and The Middle East and Northern Africa. Stronger efforts to bolster regional security co-operation helped countries such as Chad, Mauritania and Niger become safer and more peaceful but the threat posed by Islamist terrorist groups has continued to push down the score of many countries in the Sahel and West African region. In other countries, the holding of elections has driven improvements in overall scores.

The Middle East, along with Northern Africa are regions in with the least peaceful countries on Earth which is tragic in that the history and natural beauty of the regions becomes tarnished and visitors refuse to visit these countries for fear of harm or trauma. Civil wars, Islamic infiltration and terror, refugees and displaced peoples make countries like Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Israel less and less tranquil. Peacekeeping budgets from the United Nations have offset some of the negative trends in the area but military posturing and buildup in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt do little to improve the negative characteristics in the populations.

Ranking of Peaceful Countries in The Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa
Updated 2024

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 Qatar 1 Qatar 21
 Mauritius 2 Mauritius 23
 Kuwait 3 Kuwait 35
 Botswana 4 Botswana 42
 South Korea 5 South Korea 43
 Sierra Leone 6 Sierra Leone 47
 Oman 7 Oman 48
 Ghana 8 Ghana 51
 Senegal 9 Senegal 52
 Madagascar 10 Madagascar 55
 Namibia 11 Namibia 56
Gambia 12 Gambia 59
 Jordan 13 Jordan 62
 Zambia 14 Zambia 63
 Liberia 15 Liberia 72
 Malawi 16 Malawi 74
 United Arab Emirates 17 United Arab Emirates 75
 Tunisia 18 Tunisia 81
 Equatorial Guinea 19 Equatorial Guinea 82
 Angola 20 Angola 84
 Morocco 21 Morocco 85
 Guinea-Bissau 22 Guinea-Bissau 87
 Rwanda 23 Rwanda 89
 Cote d’Ivoire 24 Cote d’Ivoire 90
 Tanzania 25 Tanzania 91
 Gabon 26 Gabon 93
 Algeria 27 Algeria 96
 Togo 28 Togo 105
 Bahrain 29 Bahrain 108
 Eswatini 30 Eswatini 109
 Benin 31 Benin 110
 Lesotho 32 Lesotho 111
 Djibouti 33 Djibouti 112
 Republic of the Congo 34 Republic of the Congo 113
 Mauritania 35 Mauritania 114
 Kenya 36 Kenya 117
 Mozambique 37 Mozambique 118
 Saudi Arabia 38 Saudi Arabia 119
 Egypt 39 Egypt 121
 Zimbabwe 40 Zimbabwe 124
 Uganda 41 Uganda 125
 Guinea 42 Guinea 127
 Burundi 43 Burundi 128
 Eritrea 44 Eritrea 133
 Palestine 45 Palestine 134
 Lebanon 46 Lebanon 135
 Libya 47 Libya 137
 Niger 48 Niger 138
 Cameroon 49 Cameroon 139
 Chad 50 Chad 142
 Israel 51 Israel 46
 Nigeria 52 Nigeria 144
 Iran 53 Iran 148
 Burkina Faso 54 Burkina Faso 150
 Ethiopia 55 Ethiopia 151
 Central African Republic 56 Central African Republic 152
 Mali 57 Mali 153
 Iraq 58 Iraq 154
 Sudan 59 Sudan 155
 Somalia 60 Somalia 156
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 61 Democratic Republic of the Congo 159
 South Sudan 62 South Sudan 160
 Syria 63 Syria 161
 Yemen 64 Yemen 162

Nigeria’s experience with its first transition to democracy helped improve political stability. Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the best countries in the past but fell back in recent evaluations because of a fragile security situation in the sub-region further undermined by terrorist attack in Grand Bassam on an Ivorian seaside resort.

Isolated incidents of turmoil do not mean that peace is absent and despite the challenges to peace in these regions there are some healthy and positive signs of improvement and social maturity but they are not always easy to discover.

Evaluating a ranking system to gauge the most peaceful countries in the world is by no means an exact science nor is the ranking designed to be used as an absolute. Positive peace factors are used such as a country’s commitment and political determination to: ensure access to affordable, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The rankings of the most peaceful countries in the world should be taken as another piece of the puzzle when determining where to go for a vacation or to live or visit. Just because a country ranks high on the list of the most peaceful nations does not mean that nothing bad could happen to visitors but it can give a good idea as to the mind-set of the population of the country and the ideals that the citizens most try to adhere to.