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Many Languages International students have told me that one of the reasons they chose to study in New Zealand is that it is a safe and stable country.

This year’s Global Peace Index agrees with them. New Zealand is listed as the world’s most peaceful country.

The index looks at several dozen indicators from the crime rate to military spending, conflicts with neighbouring countries and respect for human rights.

Rankings for Popular English Language Study Destinations:

  • 1st New Zealand
  • 6th Ireland
  • 14th Canada
  • 19th Australia
  • 31st UK
  • 85th USA
  • 121st South Africa

Complete list: 2010 Global Peace Index

Read more in the NZ Herald: NZ tops survey of most peaceful countries