South Sudan is the world’s most fragile state in 2015, according to an index released by the Fund For Peace (FFP) Wednesday.
This marks the second year in a row South Sudan has earned the highest rank. Countries are scored by the sum of all factors, and a higher number means increased pressure on the state, indicating greater fragility.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s youngest nation. Conflict broke out after President Salva Kiir fired his deputy in 2013, leading to fighting between the regime and rebel factions.
Somalia, the Central African Republic and Sudan round out the top index’s top four. The index examines 178 countries, according to a press release by FFP.
War-torn Syria made the index’s top 10 for the first time in the 11-year history of the index, conflict continuing to rage between the regime, Islamic State, al-Qaida, Iran-backed forces and numerous rebel factions.
Finland was ranked most stable, closely followed by Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The U.S. was ranked 21st, the index determining it less stable than countries like the U.K., France, Germany and Canada.