If safety and political stability is a top priority when choosing a study destination, then New Zealand should be at the top of the list. For the second year running New Zealand has topped the Global Peace Index (GPI), earning the title of the world’s most peaceful nation.
The GPI is compiled annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a global think tank that looks at the relationship between economic development, business and peace.
Second and third place went to Iceland and Japan, with Australia coming in at 19th. The country ranked least at peace was Iraq.
New Zealand also came out trumps in another recent global survey, which named Auckland one of the world’s top five cities to live in. The Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland fourth equal with Vancouver, saying it was a particularly attractive destination for overseas expatriates.
The survey covered 221 cities around the globe and was based on 39 criteria such as environmental, health, education, transport and socio-economic factors. Vienna topped the lot and was named the city with the world’s best quality of living.