IEP: Serbia is a safe country

NEW YORK - Serbia ranks 52nd in the Global Peace Index (GPI), produced by the New York-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), and is in the top 30 percent of the safest countries in the world.

According to figures from the IEP, Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Switzerland rank the highest, with Syria - ravaged over the past three years by a civil war - ranked last - 162nd.

Serbia ranks 29th of 36 European countries, with countries such as Slovenia and Croatia ranked higher.

The GPI is based on 22 indicators and data gathered from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the World Bank and several UN agencies.

Europe is the most peaceful region in the world, with as many as 14 countries on the continent ranked in the top 20.

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