According to the 2016 Global Peace Index these countries are ranked based on three indicators: the level of safety, security and the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation.
Have you been longing for a peaceful country where you can spend a holiday with your friends or families without hearing the sound of a bomb in the middle of the night or protesters disturbing your peace during the day?
The answers are not in the moon or sun. They are right before you.
Here are the 10 most peaceful countries in Africa.
According to the 2016 Global Peace Index, these countries are ranked based on three indicators: the level of safety, security and the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization.
Here’s the first country. This volcanic island nation has positioned itself as a trusted platform in terms of estate planning and wealth management. The country parades multi-ethnic and multicultural people. Won’t you like to experience the rich African culture at its peak? Then a visit to this country is non-negotiable. According to the 2016 Global Peace Index, the country is the 23rd most peaceful country free from either internal or external conflict.
Though relatively a small country, I bet this is another peaceful terrain you can’t afford to miss. In 2013, Positive Peace Index ranked Botswana the best governed country in Africa. The constitution of this mid-sized nation protects its citizens and represents their rights. Recently, the 2016 Global Peace Index ranked Botswana as the second most peaceful countries in Africa. It ranked 28th in the world. Impressive, right?
This large island nation is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic. You’ll find medical centers, hospitals and dispensaries all over the country. Education in Madagascar is free and compulsory from the ages 6 to 13. As a result of increased educational access, enrollment rates have more than doubled between 1996 and 2006. Madagascar is sitting on 38th position in the world’s most peaceful countries ranking.
Zambia is a land-locked country in southern Africa. Agriculture and mining play important roles in it’s economy. The country was ranked alongside Mauritius, Ghana and four other African countries in the 2015 Global peace Index.
In 2016, Zambia ranked 40th on the log. It is one of the most highly urbanized nations in sub-Saharan Africa. Though a Christian country, it has a wide variety of religious traditions, which are all well-respected.
5. Sierra Leone
After a decade-long civil war, the tide has changed and Sierra Leone has hit the ground running. Rich in diamond and other minerals, development and peace have been present in this West African nation since 2002.
Sierra Leone is regarded as one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world. It’s the 42nd most peaceful country in the world
Ghana is now among the continent’s top peaceful countries. The country has a unitary presidential constitutional democracy. The Global peace Index of 2015 placed Ghana behind other most peaceful nations in Africa. In 2016, the country is 44th in the table. Ghana has also seen two peaceful transition of power between political parties.
Welcome to the ‘warm heart of Africa.’ Located in southeast Africa, the landlocked country is placed behind Ghana in the list of most peaceful countries. Ranked 45 in the world, Malawi is a democratic country currently under the leadership of Peter Mutharika.
When you hear of the term "Unity in Diversity," think of Namibia. In this country, peace and stability reign supreme. The southwest African nation has effectively confronted and overcome the challenges caused by widespread conflict and instability. Namibia is ranked 55 in the world.
Here’s the 9th Peaceful country wedged between Kenya and Mozambique. It is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. It is the only East African country topping the log. It is ranked 58 in the world after Namibia. So if you are considering visiting a country free from conflicts in East Africa region, Tanzania is the best option for you.
10. Equatorial Guinea
Here’s the last country, the 10th most peaceful country based on the 2016 Global Peace Index. It’s a small country nestled on the west coast of Africa. It’s major mineral resource is crude oil. It’s ranked 62nd most peaceful country in the world.
The Most Peaceful Countries in Africa in 2016
Rank Name World Rank 1 Mauritius 23 2 Botswana 28 3 Madagascar 38 4 Zambia 40 5 Sierra Leone 42 6 Ghana 44 7 Malawi 45 8 Namibia 55 9 Tanzania 58 10 Equatorial Guinea 62