Terrorism threat in Romania among the world’s lowest

A new report on the impact of terrorism around the world deems Romania as among the most threat free places on the planet.

Romania came equal bottom in the ranking for 2011, among a group of over 40 countries that experienced zero impact from terrorism last year. Out of the 158 countries studied, Romania was one of 31 that experienced no terrorist impact between 2002 and 2011 and the threat going forward is perceived as very low.

The Global Terrorism Index (GTI), produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, defines terrorist attacks as «the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation».

According to the report, terrorism reached something of a peak in 2007 and the levels have subsided since then. This is largely due to the «winding down» of the war in Iraq, the report’s authors believe. The highest placed countries account for the vast majority of terrorism incidents. In 2011, the areas most hit by terrorism were the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Russia. There were 7473 deaths in 2011, which is 25 percent fewer than in 2007.

Adapted from Romania-insider