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- Posted:Thursday, June 4, 2009
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I reckon it's probably led to a lot more people heading there for backpacker travel, although the country was certainly no secret before!
But now anyone who fancies checking out hostels in the land of the kiwi has another reason to go: It's officially the most peaceful place on earth.
At least it is according to the Global Peace Index, which uses more than 20 different criteria to rank 144 different countries.
The Institute for Economics and Peace comes up with the list and describes peace as the "absence of violence", so that's pretty good news for anyone planning some cheap travel in New Zealand, or indeed Denmark or Norway - also in the top three.
Iceland has been knocked off the top spot to number four, but Eye for Image recently found that its economic problems have actually made it more attractive to tourists.