Kenya has been ranked as a more peaceful country than both Saudi Arabia and the United States, according to a new ranking by Global Finance Magazine. The live ranking, titled ‘World’s Most Peaceful Country 2023 Global Peace Index’, has placed Kenya at an impressive position 117, two slots ahead of Saudi Arabia.

The United States, on the other hand, has been ranked at position 131, falling more than 14 slots below Kenya. Reacting to the news, a spokesperson for the US government remarked, “We acknowledge the need for improvement in certain areas and are committed to working towards a more peaceful society for all our citizens.”

The ranking, compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), covered over 163 independent states, which represent 99.7% of the world’s population. It is based on 23 indicators grouped into three criteria: societal safety and security, extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and degree of militarization.

This news comes amidst a global decrease in peacefulness, as indicated by the IEP researchers. However, the financial impact of violence has been revealed to be $17.5 trillion in purchasing-power-parity (PPP) terms, or 12.9% of total global GDP.