Iceland, Denmark and Norway are considered the most peaceful countries in the world while Iraq the most violent, according to a recent report of the World Peace Index (WPI) published in London on Tuesday. Romania is on the 24th position among 140 countries analyzed in the study. Romania is preceded by countries like Uruguay, Netherlands, Hong Kong and is followed by countries such as Bhutan, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Spain and Poland.

This index, launched initially in 2007, first included 121 countries but in 2008 it evaluated 140 countries, assessing some 24 internal and external criteria like UN peace keeping forces contribution, criminality levels or terrorist risks.