Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2020

 
 

Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2020

 
 
 
 

Every year, the Institute for Economics and Peace releases its Global Peace Index report. This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, and murder rate.

The GPI report evaluates 163 countries with account for over 99% of the world’s total population. The factors analyzed in the report are grouped into three different areas:

  • Safety and Security
  • Ongoing Conflict
  • Militarization
 

Below are the ten most dangerous countries in the world. The majority of these countries have a Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State.

1. Afghanistan

Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world, according to the 2019 Global Peace Index. According to the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, the country experienced 3,804 civilian deaths in conflict, 927 of who are children. Afghanistan experiences deadly attacks from the Taliban across the country and the U.S. is now in its 19th year of war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has the highest number of deaths from war and terrorism than any other country in the world.

2. Syria

 

Syria is the second-most dangerous country in the world. Syria only recently was put in second by Afghanistan. The Syrian civil war has plagued the country since March 2011 and has been the second-deadliest war of the 21st century. An estimated 470,000 people, including 55,000 children, have been killed in the Syrian conflict. High levels of violence have been persistent throughout Syria including the use of small arms, tanks, chemical weapons, artillery, and aircraft. As of March 2019, 5.7 million people have fled Syria and over 6 million have been displaced internally.

3. South Sudan

South Sudan is the third-most dangerous country in the world. South Sudan has ongoing conflict, civil unrest, and widespread violent crime, including robberies, assaults, carjacking, and kidnappings. Armed conflict exists mostly between the government and opposition groups, with little to no rule of law or order outside the country’s capital of Juba. Areas near South Sudan’s borders with Sudan, Kenya, Central African Republic, and so on, are particularly dangerous. Additionally, South Sudan is at high risk for climate disasters.

4. Yemen

 

The fourth-most dangerous country in the world is Yemen. Yemeni Civil War began in 2015 between two factions: the Abdrabbuuh Mansur Hadi led government and the Houthi armed movement. Yemen has the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, where four years of ongoing conflict has resulted in 4.3 million people leaving their homes and 14 million people at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. About 80% of the Yemen population (24 million people) is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

5. Iraq

The fifth-most dangerous country in the world is Iraq. Iraq continues to have both internal and external conflicts, including likely terrorist attacks. ISIS continues to capture and kill civilians and Iraqi armed forces. Other human rights violations, including violations of freedom of assembly and women’s rights, have persisted. U.S. citizens visiting Iraq are at particularly high risk for violence and kidnapping and are a target of Anti-U.S. sectarian militias throughout Iraq.

6. Somalia

 

Somalia is the sixth-most dangerous country in the United States. Somalia has high kidnapping risks in all parts of the country. Terror attacks are likely at Mogadishu International airport, government buildings, hotels, and restaurants. Foreigners, government officials, and UN workers are significant targets of these attacks. Somalia’s droughts and food shortages have compounded the already unstable environment and security and effective police forces are absent.

7. Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is the seventh-most dangerous country in the world. Despite a peace agreement signed in 2017, chaos in the country has continued to grow and spread. The main source of unrest in the Central African Republic is the clash between the Seleka rebels and the Anti-Balaka militia. The conflict has displaced 620,000 people internally and created 570,000 refugees leaving to neighboring countries. Kidnappings are widespread, as are reports of violence, looting, and human rights abuses across the country.

8. Libya

 

Libya is the eighth-most dangerous country in the world. Libya has experienced high levels of crime, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict, and terrorism. The violence in Libya is mostly caused by militias that continue to clash with one another over territory and resources. ISIS has carried out several attacks that killed both civilians and security force members. The capital, Tripoli, and other large cities such as Suman, Al-Jufra, Misrata, Ajdabiya, and Benghazi, have been frequent locations of fighting among militias and terrorist attacks.

9. Democratic Republic of the Congo

The ninth-most dangerous country in the world is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The DRC recently experienced an Ebola outbreak, which has claimed over 2,200 lives, according to the World Health Organization. The ability of health workers to provide care to treat Ebola patients has been hindered by the violence occurring in the DRC. Demonstrations are common in cities around the country and often turn violent. Violent crimes are common as well, such as armed home invasion, robberies, and assault and police lack the resources to effectively respond to crime.

10. Russia

 

Russia is the tenth-most dangerous country in the world. Russia’s high militarization contributes to its position on the list, along with having one of the highest per-capita rates of weapons exports. Russia, unlike the other countries on this list, has a Level 2 travel advisory from the U.S Department of State to exercise increased caution when visiting. Russia is susceptible to transnational and local terrorist groups, and individuals inspired by extremist ideologies. Russian officials have also arbitrarily detained U.S. citizens, who may become victims of harassment or extortion.

 

Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2020

Source:
10 most dangerous countries in the world in 2019
Rank Country Peace Index  Population 2020
1 Afghanistan 3.574 38,928,346
2 Syria 3.566 17,500,658
3 South Sudan 3.526 11,193,725
4 Yemen 3.412 29,825,964
5 Iraq 3.369 40,222,493
6 Somalia 3.3 15,893,222
7 Central African Republic 3.296 4,829,767
8 Libya 3.285 6,871,292
9 Dr Congo 3.218 89,561,403
10 Russia 3.093 145,934,462
11 Pakistan 3.072 220,892,340
12 Turkey 3.015 84,339,067
13 Sudan 2.995 43,849,260
14 Ukraine 2.95 43,733,762
15 North Korea 2.921 25,778,816
16 Nigeria 2.898 206,139,589
17 Lebanon 2.8 6,825,445
18 Israel 2.735 8,655,535
19 Mali 2.71 20,250,833
20 Venezuela 2.671 28,435,940
21 Colombia 2.661 50,882,891
22 Palestine 2.608 5,101,414
23 India 2.605 1,380,004,385
24 Mexico 2.6 128,932,753
25 Iran 2.542 83,992,949
26 Cameroon 2.538 26,545,863
27 Chad 2.522 16,425,864
28 Egypt 2.521 102,334,404
29 Burundi 2.52 11,890,784
30 Philippines 2.516 109,581,078
31 Eritrea 2.504 3,546,421
32 Zimbabwe 2.463 14,862,924
33 Ethiopia 2.434 114,963,588
34 Azerbaijan 2.425 10,139,177
35 Saudi Arabia 2.409 34,813,871
36 United States 2.401 331,002,651
37 South Africa 2.399 59,308,690
38 Niger 2.394 24,206,644
39 Myanmar 2.393 54,409,800
40 Bahrain 2.357 1,701,575
41 Honduras 2.341 9,904,607
42 Mauritania 2.333 4,649,658
43 Republic Of The Congo 2.323 5,518,087
44 Nicaragua 2.312 6,624,554
45 Kenya 2.3 53,771,296
46 Armenia 2.294 2,963,243
47 Thailand 2.278 69,799,978
48 Brazil 2.271 212,559,417
49 Turkmenistan 2.265 6,031,200
50 Guatemala 2.264 17,915,568
51 El Salvador 2.262 6,486,205
52 Guinea Bissau 2.237 1,968,001
53 Algeria 2.219 43,851,044
54 China 2.217 1,439,323,776
55 Djibouti 2.207 988,000
56 Togo 2.205 8,278,724
57 Ivory Coast 2.203 26,378,274
58 Uganda 2.196 45,741,007
59 Tajikistan 2.196 9,537,645
60 Burkina Faso 2.176 20,903,273
61 Lesotho 2.167 2,142,249
62 Uzbekistan 2.166 33,469,203
63 Bangladesh 2.128 164,689,383
64 Guinea 2.125 13,132,795
65 Georgia 2.122 3,989,167
66 Papua New Guinea 2.118 8,947,024
67 Belarus 2.115 9,449,323
68 Gabon 2.112 2,225,734
69 Kyrgyzstan 2.105 6,524,195
70 Mozambique 2.099 31,255,435
71 Trinidad And Tobago 2.094 1,399,488
72 Guyana 2.075 786,552
73 Cuba 2.073 11,326,616
74 Morocco 2.07 36,910,560
75 Cambodia 2.066 16,718,965
76 Paraguay 2.055 7,132,538
77 Haiti 2.052 11,402,528
78 Bolivia 2.044 11,673,021
79 Dominican Republic 2.041 10,847,910
80 Jamaica 2.038 2,961,167
81 Tunisia 2.035 11,818,619
82 Bosnia And Herzegovina 2.019 3,280,819
83 Peru 2.016 32,971,854
84 Rwanda 2.014 12,952,218
85 Jordan 2.012 10,203,134
86 Angola 2.012 32,866,272
87 Nepal 2.003 29,136,808
88 Argentina 1.989 45,195,774
89 Sri Lanka 1.986 21,413,249
90 Swaziland 1.986 1,160,164
91 Benin 1.986 12,123,200
92 Ecuador 1.98 17,643,054
93 Equatorial Guinea 1.957 1,402,985
94 Oman 1.953 5,106,626
95 Moldova 1.951 4,033,963
96 Montenegro 1.939 628,066
97 Greece 1.933 10,423,054
98 Kazakhstan 1.932 18,776,707
99 Cyprus 1.914 1,207,359
100 Gambia 1.908 2,416,668
101 France 1.892 65,273,511
102 Namibia 1.892 2,540,905
103 Liberia 1.889 5,057,681
104 Senegal 1.883 16,743,927
105 Vietnam 1.877 97,338,579
106 South Korea 1.867 51,269,185
107 Madagascar 1.867 27,691,018
108 Tanzania 1.86 59,734,218
109 United Arab Emirates 1.847 9,890,402
110 Sierra Leone 1.822 7,976,983
111 Albania 1.821 2,877,797
112 Serbia 1.812 8,737,371
113 Zambia 1.805 18,383,955
114 Timor Leste 1.805 1,318,445
115 Panama 1.804 4,314,767
116 United Kingdom 1.801 67,886,011
117 Laos 1.801 7,275,560
118 Ghana 1.796 31,072,940
119 Kuwait 1.794 4,270,571
120 Mongolia 1.792 3,278,290
121 Indonesia 1.785 273,523,615
122 Malawi 1.779 19,129,952
123 Italy 1.754 60,461,826
124 Lithuania 1.728 2,722,289
125 Estonia 1.727 1,326,535
126 Taiwan 1.725 23,816,775
127 Latvia 1.718 1,886,198
128 Uruguay 1.711 3,473,730
129 Costa Rica 1.706 5,094,118
130 Spain 1.699 46,754,778
131 Qatar 1.696 2,881,053
132 Botswana 1.676 2,351,627
133 Poland 1.654 37,846,611
134 Croatia 1.645 4,105,267
135 Chile 1.634 19,116,201
136 Bulgaria 1.607 6,948,445
137 Romania 1.606 19,237,691
138 Mauritius 1.562 1,271,768
139 Slovakia 1.55 5,459,642
140 Germany 1.547 83,783,942
141 Hungary 1.54 9,660,351
142 Norway 1.536 5,421,241
143 Sweden 1.533 10,099,265
144 Belgium 1.533 11,589,623
145 Netherlands 1.53 17,134,872
146 Malaysia 1.529 32,365,999
147 Bhutan 1.506 771,608
148 Finland 1.488 5,540,720
149 Australia 1.419 25,499,884
150 Ireland 1.39 4,937,786
151 Switzerland 1.383 8,654,622
152 Czech Republic 1.375 10,708,981
153 Japan 1.369 126,476,461
154 Slovenia 1.355 2,078,938
155 Singapore 1.347 5,850,342
156 Canada 1.327 37,742,154
157 Denmark 1.316 5,792,202
158 Austria 1.291 9,006,398
159 Portugal 1.274 10,196,709
160 New Zealand 1.221 4,822,233
161 Iceland 1.072 341,243
 

Most Dangerous Countries in the World 2020 by Population 2020

Source:
10 most dangerous countries in the world in 2019
 
  1. 10 most dangerous countries in the world in 2019
 

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