Ireland named one of the world's safest countries
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Ireland named one of the world's safest countries

An index has been published chronicling the major nations around the world by how safe they are.

Think tank Institute for Economics and Peace published the Global Peace Index 2018 on Monday which ranks major nations around the world by how safe they are.

The report ranked 163 countries based on how peaceful they are.

Rankings are determined by 23 factors, which include murder rate, political terror, and deaths from internal conflict.

Iceland was ranked as the world's safest place for the 11th year in a row as their crime rate is minuscule, with just 1.8 murders per 100,000 people annually.

Most countries high up on the index were western but some developed economies in Asia, as well as small island nations, made the rankings.

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Ireland was placed at number 10 out of a study of 31 countries.

According to Business Insider, the top 10 countries ranked are:

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Austria
  4. Portugal
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Singapore
  9. Japan
  10. Ireland