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World Peace Index

Canada has come in fourth on an annual ranking of world peacefulness, trailing only Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand.

The 2012 Global Peace Index released Tuesday - the sixth produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australia-U.S. think-tank, with data from the Economist Intelligence Unit - saw Canada move up three spots from the 2011 list

The 2012 index ranks 158 nations using 23 indicators which gauge ongoing domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security, and militarization. The 2011 list included 153 countries

Canada's 2012 ranking improved as its casualties decreased in the conflict in Afghanistan, according to the report.