Montenegro Improves Rating on Global Peace Index

The index of the International Institute for Economics and Peace, which aims to measure peace and stability in the world, said Montenegro has made progress compared to 2012, rising to 73rd place out of 162, up from 81st place in 2012.

The index, released this week, is composed of 22 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the percentage of the population incarcerated in prison.

Slovenia came top in the region, in 13th place, followed by Croatia in 28th place. Serbia is further down in 62nd place, followed by Albania, 69, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71, and Kosovo, 72, while Macedonia lags behind Montenegro in 79th position.

"Montenegro is marked as a politically unstable country, and received a score of two, on a scale from 1 to 10," the report said.

The Institute for Economics and Peace noted perceptions that the crime rate is high in Montenegro, which is why it was assigned a low score in this area.

Peaceful Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Austria and Switzerland take the top five spots on the global index.

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