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Global Peace Index: The most and least peaceful nations in the world

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AUSTRIA: Neutral since the end of Soviet occupation of part of the country in 1955, Austria, No. 4 on the GPI, remains free of civil unrest and has good relations with neighboring states. Military expenditures remained below 1 percent of GDP in 2008, and although violent crime rose slightly, it remains among the lowest of the 149 countries surveyed. In Vienna, Austria, 100,000 roses are laid out next to the Burgtheater theatre as part of the '100,000 Roses Project.' Volunteers distributed the roses on May 15 to visitors at an open air concert and encourage them to pass their rose to a stranger as a gesture of friendship.

PHOTO: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

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