Thoughts on violence in New Zealand? How do you think the VDR could be lowered? Feel free to comment below.
Lifetime Chance Of Dying By Someone Else’s Hands (2009 rate): 1/694
Lifetime Chance Of Dying By Someone Else’s Hands (Duration of Life Expectancy): 1/123
Average Military Death Rate over Nation’s History: 21.1
Average Homicide/Execution Rate over Nation’s History: .9
Category Of VDR–# of Years-% of Nation’s History-Year of Last Occurrence
DECIMATION– 5 (4.6%) 1918
EXTREME UPHEAVAL– 5 (4.6%) 1944
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF– 2 (1.8%) 1945
WATCH YOUR BACK– 0
HARSH LIVING– 0
SOMEWHAT STABLE– 0
SOME CONCERN– 0
LOW LIKELIHOOD– 0
PEACEFUL– 5 (4.6%) 1997
UTOPIA– 92 (84.4%) 2009
Though New Zealand’s population has risen more than 500% since 1900, it remains a smallish country of 4.3 million (about the size of Kentucky).
Not surprisingly, New Zealand’s history of military deaths is almost exactly the same as Australia’s. In the murder department, it is a very calm nation, with historically low homicide rates that contribute to there being a majority of years in which New Zealand qualifies as being a “Utopia” nation by this site’s standard. There may have been years in the early 20th century that had higher murder rates, but without reliable data, I was forced to just use the estimated historically low rate of .57/100,000 for all years previous to 1970.