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Philippines the 22nd most dangerous country in the world- Global Peace Index

November 6, 2015
Philippines location

“What gives value to travel is fear.  It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country…we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits.  This is the most obvious benefit of travel…This is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure.  There is no pleasure in traveling, and I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing.  Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction…Travel, brings us back to ourselves.” -Albert Camus

 

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Have you ever let fear, news headlines, or a country’s bad reputation hinder your travel?

We believe you shouldn’t! We believe that the opposite of fear is love. Our motto during this journey has always been Travel in love, love in travel. Whatever reservations we have about travel we wipe away with love. We understand that there are going to be times when we are way beyond our comfort zones. We chose to create a lifestyle of travel based on the ideas of unlearning our incorrect assumptions of this world, growing more in love with strangers, and seeing what’s good in this world (outside the sense of Western mass media). In that process we opened our doors, stepped out, and crossed the street into the unknown day in and day out.

Recently the Vision of Humanity released their Global Peace Index outlining the most and least peaceful nations of the world. Interestingly enough, only one country we visited this year was less peaceful than our home, Colombia. I’ve also previously been to Syria which would have been against the advice of my parents had they known my plan to do so, it currently sits at the bottom of the Global Peace Index. Other countries we thought were unsafe are highlighted below.

The Philippines is a place Camille and I considered home. When we got back and told some of our travel stories people thought we were crazy going to places like El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya and Tanzania. We realized that traveling much of what people call the developing world entails some degree of insecurity but we never let that stop us from living our lives. I’m not saying we went into war zones and traveled recklessly but we did move with pre-caution. Of course, we still ran into some problems like the time we got robbed in Dar es Salaam. But we like think that sometimes you’re simply at the wrong place the wrong time. That could have happened in any city in America or in the city we currently find ourselves in, Manila. If we told ourselves we wouldn’t travel the world based on security reasons we might as well not cross the street or go out of our doors.

As Filipinos if we step back from the global stats and look solely to the stats of our own country there isn’t much surprise. The Global Peace Index outlines that the highest indicators for our ranking include terrorism impact, violent crimes, political terror, access to weapons and perception of criminality. The GPI also estimated the national cost of violence to be just over $25,000,000,000 USD (yes, billions).

 Global Trends in Positive Peace 2015_Infograph

 

The Philippines in Rankings
Terrorism Index- 9th

*The GTI measures the impact of terrorism in 162 countries. To account for the lasting effects of terrorism, each country is given a score that represents a five year weighted average.

Global Peace Index-  22nd least peaceful country in the world

*The world’s leading measure of national peacefulness, the GPI measures peace according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators. 

  

The information obtained for this article was from the Vision of Humanity website. 

RANK COUNTRY SCORE
1 Syria 3.645
2 Iraq 3.444
3 Afghanistan 3.427
4 South Sudan 3.383
5 Central African Republic 3.332
6 Somalia 3.307
7 Sudan 3.295
8 Democratic Republic of the Congo 3.085
9 Pakistan 3.049
10 North Korea 2.977
11 Russia 2.954
12 Nigeria 2.91
13 Ukraine 2.845
14 Libya 2.819
15 Israel 2.781
16 Yemen 2.751
17 Colombia 2.72
18 Lebanon 2.623
19 Mexico 2.53
20 India 2.504
21 Venezuela 2.493
22 Philippines 2.462
23 Chad 2.429
24 Rwanda 2.42
25 Iran 2.409
26 Egypt 2.382
27 South Africa 2.376
28 Turkey 2.363
29 Cameroon 2.349
30 Kenya 2.342
31 Azerbaijan 2.325
32 Burundi 2.323
33 Myanmar 2.323
34 Niger 2.32
35 Mali 2.31
36 Eritrea 2.309
37 Thailand 2.303
38 Zimbabwe 2.294
39 China 2.267
40 El Salvador 2.263
41 Mauritania 2.262
42 Kyrgyz Republic 2.249
43 Guinea-Bissau 2.235
44 Ethiopia 2.234
45 Guatemala 2.215
46 Guinea 2.214
46 Honduras 2.21
48 Republic of the Congo 2.196
49 Sri Lanka 2.188
49 Uzbekistan 2.187
51 Cambodia 2.179
52 Uganda 2.179
53 Belarus 2.173
54 Jamaica 2.153
55 Tajikistan 2.152
56 Bahrain 2.142
57 Turkmenistan 2.138
58 Cote d’ Ivoire 2.133
59 Algeria 2.131
60 Brazil 2.122
61 Djibouti 2.113
62 Swaziland 2.102
63 Dominican Republic 2.089
64 The Gambia 2.086
64 Haiti 2.074
66 Trinidad and Tobago 2.07
67 Papua New Guinea 2.064
68 Saudi Arabia 2.042
69 United States of America 2.038
70 Guyana 2.029
71 Peru 2.029
71 Armenia 2.028
71 Bolivia 2.025
74 Paraguay 2.023
74 Angola 2.02
76 Kazakhstan 2.008
77 Morocco 2.002
78 Bangladesh 1.997
79 Ecuador 1.997
80 Burkina Faso 1.994
81 Cuba 1.988
82 Equatorial Guinea 1.987
83 Mozambique 1.976
84 Georgia 1.973
84 Liberia 1.963
86 Benin 1.958
87 Tunisia 1.952
88 Nicaragua 1.947
89 Oman 1.947
90 Jordan 1.944
91 Macedonia (FYR) 1.944
92 Togo 1.944
92 Moldova 1.942
94 Kosovo 1.938
95 Cyprus 1.924
96 Madagascar 1.911
97 Gabon 1.904
98 Panama 1.903
99 Tanzania 1.903
100 Lesotho 1.891
101 Nepal 1.882
102 Greece 1.878
103 Argentina 1.865
104 Sierra Leone 1.864
105 Timor-Leste 1.86
106 Montenegro 1.854
107 Vietnam 1.848
108 Zambia 1.846
109 Ghana 1.84
110 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.839
111 Albania 1.821
111 Malawi 1.814
113 United Arab Emirates 1.805
114 Senegal 1.805
115 Namibia 1.784
116 Indonesia 1.768
117 Serbia 1.768
118 France 1.742
119 Uruguay 1.721
120 Mongolia 1.706
121 South Korea 1.701
122 Laos 1.7
123 Latvia 1.695
124 United Kingdom 1.685
125 Estonia 1.677
126 Lithuania 1.674
127 Italy 1.669
128 Taiwan 1.657
129 Costa Rica 1.654
130 Kuwait 1.626
130 Bulgaria 1.607
132 Botswana 1.597
133 Qatar 1.568
134 Chile 1.563
135 Malaysia 1.561
136 Croatia 1.55
137 Romania 1.542
138 Mauritius 1.503
139 Singapore 1.49
140 Slovakia 1.478
141 Hungary 1.463
142 Spain 1.451
143 Netherlands 1.432
144 Poland 1.43
145 Bhutan 1.416
146 Norway 1.393
147 Germany 1.379
148 Slovenia 1.378
149 Belgium 1.368
150 Sweden 1.36
151 Ireland 1.354
152 Portugal 1.344
153 Czech Republic 1.341
154 Australia 1.329
155 Japan 1.322
156 Canada 1.287
157 Finland 1.277
158 Switzerland 1.275
159 New Zealand 1.221
160 Austria 1.198
161 Denmark 1.15
162 Iceland 1.148

Places I’ve Visited, Places Camille and I have both visited

If you read this and had negative reactions we’re happy to hear them. If you feel like this list is whack we’re also happy to hear about your ideas on that. We can Google search any country and see negative press. After all, bad news sells newspapers. The good news, the world on the ground is much nicer than what’s floating on the front cover headlines. The point is the world’s out there for you to travel, discover, and make your own impressions and judgements without all the noise of what’s on TV or online.

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