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

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NORWAY: Rounding up the top 5 most peaceful countries is Norway. Although imports of conventional weapons are up sharply, its military expenditures are 1.3 percent of GDP and violent crime is rare. Close cooperation is a cornerstone of Norway’s foreign policy, human rights are accorded respect, and relations with neighboring Scandinavian countries are good. Norwegian cross country skier Marit Bjoergen waves the national flag as she celebrates Norway's victory in the women's 4x5K relay during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.

PHOTO: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters/FILE

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