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    Skyview of Hvaleyri Beach in Iceland

    “Imagine all of us living in peace, it’s too beautiful to just be a dream”
    Some places in the world, it appears, are living up the much celebrated words of John Lennon. Overflowing with splendor and tranquility, these six destinations are unique in terms of being free from the prevalence of armed forces. But apart from being unwarlike, these places are an abode of breathtaking sights and eye-warming landscapes.

    1. Costa Rica

    The Treetop Walkway of Costa Rica lets you experience the exquisite flora and exotic bird life.

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    The landmass is home to an enormous range of earth’s biodiversity, in a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. A land so rich in its flora and fauna needs only care and conservation, not weapons and soldiers. Costa Rica, thus, does not officially have a military!


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    2. Grenada

    Bird’s eye view of the secluded White Island of Grenada across the Caribbean Sea.

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    Due to Grenada being somewhat of a hidden gem, the island has maintained its untouched, well-preserved landscape and biodiversity. Still in its pristine form, here you’ll find unperturbed beaches, home-grown vanilla and chocolate. What you won’t find is uniform clad troops!

    3. Kiribati

    Aerial view of the island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.

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    Lying midway between Hawaii and Fiji, Kiribati is one of the most isolated countries in the world. Apart from the seclusion, what people enjoy here most is the fact that Kiribati does not have a military force.

    4. Andorra

    Night-time view of the town Encamp situated on the Valira d’Orient river in Andorra.

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    Andorra is the 16th smallest and most peaceful country in the world. Why, you ask? It is only about 40 km to drive from one side of the country to the other, and it has not been in war in almost 1,000 years!

    5. Vatican City

    View of Rome and St. Peter’s Square from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

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    This independent country happens to be the smallest in the world. And that’s not all! The land of the Holy See is rid of its 500 year old security regiment, adding to the ‘Peace Factor’ of the place.


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    6. Iceland

    The mountains and urban settlement of Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.

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    Icelanders are perhaps the most interesting people on the planet. They genuinely believe in the existence of elves and trolls. But apart from holding superstitions, these peace-loving Icelanders enjoy the non-existence of a standing army in their country.

    7. Palau

    Half-underwater view showing the marine life and lush green hills of Palau.

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    Palau does not have a national military, because a country blessed with such mesmerizing vistas and an enriching aquatic life is better off without the intrusion of an armed force.

    8. Solomon Islands

    Vendors selling exotic fruits and vegetables on their boats in the famous Floating Market of Solomon Islands.

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    With its primitive culture, tropical jungles and volcanic islands, the nation is all ecology lovers’ dream-come-true! The country is devoid of a military force because serenity and violence don’t go hand in hand.

    9. Dominica

    The pristine Emerald Pool, a waterfall-fed oasis in Dominica.

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    The country is a haven for adventure freaks and explorers. For Dominicans the perfect definition of ‘peace’ is the absence of an armed force, and they seem to be doing just fine without the intervention of one.

    10. Panama

    The skyline of Panama City near Cinta Costera.

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    Since the city abolished its army long back, the citizens have been enjoying various freedoms. However, the freedom to be able to swim across the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean at once already existed. Obvious, isn’t it?

    So, now the question arises – living in constant unrest in a nation whose borders are laden with weapons and warheads or living in peace and contentment in one that is independent of the same, where would you rather stay?


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