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The world's most peaceful country has been shaken by a rare murder


Iceland, the world's most peaceful country according to the Global Peace Index, has been troubled by the recent murder of a 20-year-old woman.

Birna Brjansdottir went missing on Jan. 14 after a late night out with friends and was last seen wandering the streets alone at 5 a.m. Her body found on a beach after a week-long search, a spokesman for the Reykjavik metropolitan police said.

Brjansdottir’s close friend Matthildur Soffía Jónsdóttir paid tribute to her in a Facebook post.

"She taught me to live in gratitude and not to expect too much of anyone," a translated version of the post read. "She was one of the best [people] I've ever met and I will never forget her or her family..."

"I miss you more than words can describe," she added.

No charges have been filed in connection with the murder, according to the police spokesperson, but two men from neighboring Greenland are being held. 

Iceland boasts a population of nearly 400,000, according to statistics compiled by Homicide Monitor group. The Nordic island nation has the lowest murder rate in the world, occurring at a rate of 0.3/100,000 inhabitants. 

An English-language newspaper in Iceland noted that there were no murders in 2003, 2006 and 2008. 

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