10 Most Unhappy Countries In The World
On March 20, the International Day of Happiness, The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN. This report ranked 156 countries on key variables that support well-being including income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy and mental illness, social support and generosity. Here we are listing the 10 most unhappy countries in the world. The people of a country can be unhappy for many reasons including the country’s economic status, its average health, war, government policies, and natural disaster.
Most Unhappy Countries In The World
10. Haiti (3.597):
The Caribbean country, Haiti ranked 147 out of the 156 countries, making it the 10th least happy country in the world. Haiti has been repeatedly named as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Despite receiving aids from other countries, especially from the USA, the Haiti government has failed to build a healthy infrastructure. There is a high crime rate in the country. Crimes like assault, armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, and rape are common in Haiti. It also faces major environmental issues like natural disasters due to deforestation. Other problems include overpopulation, a lack of sanitation, natural disasters, and food insecurity.
9. Botswana (3.488):
At everyone’s surprise, Botswana ranked 9th most miserable country in the world. Botswana is a mid-sized country of just over 2 million people. it is one of the safest countries in Africa, though petty crime does exist. It used to be one of the poorest countries in the world. But now it has become one of the most stable countries free of corruption and has a good human rights record. But the people of Botswana ranked their well-being pretty low. Its lack of diversity, innovation and small population could result in misery for its people.
8. Syria (3.462):
Syria is a western Asian country which has been a victim of war for many years. The ongoing war in the country has killed more than 400,000 people and uprooted half of the population, about 12 million. This resulted in a wave of refugees creating instability from the Middle East to Europe. no place in Syria is safe. It’s no surprise its people are miserable.
7. Malawi (3.410):
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa mostly known for its friendly people and its extraordinary freshwater lake. It is one of the least developed and most poverty-stricken countries in the world. Nearly 53 per cents of its 15 million residents live below the poverty line. Though it generally considered as a safe country, it does have a high crime rate, mainly ridden with petty street crime. Apart from poverty, the big problem in Malawi is its load of diseases such as high HIV/AIDS infection rate and infant mortality, malaria and tuberculosis. Limited healthcare and resources of the country are also not helping.
6. Yemen (3.380):
The tension in Yemen remains the same with rebellions and oustings. The civil war in the country resulted in more than 50,000 dead, severely affecting 24 million people. Yemen is suffering from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in the last 100 years. Being one of the poorest countries in the world, many people in Yemen don’t have the minimum essentials that they need to survive like food, water, and shelter. Poverty, unemployment, water shortages, corruption, a lack of democracy and political representation are what caused the war in the country. The same war is now putting as many as 13 million people at risk of death by starvation.
5. Rwanda (3.334):
Rwanda is growing country which has become much safer over the years. Though the county is making economic and social reforms, the people still struggle with the aftermath of the 1994 genocide where around 800,000 people were killed. The small landlocked country has a few natural resources and the economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Poverty still remains in Rwanda with 39 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and 16 per cent lives in extreme poverty.
4. Tanzania (3.231):
Tanzania is an East African country which has been making economic progress over the last decade. But domestic stability has not turned into economic success for Tanzanians. Many of its residents, about 36%, still live below the World Bank poverty line. The country is overall safe and its economy is heavily based on agriculture.
3. Afghanistan (3.203):
Afghanistan has been suffering from war for many years. It is one of the poorest countries and government corruption, the Taliban insurgency, poverty, assault on human rights has resulted in misery for its people. Studies have ranked Afghanistan as the world’s least peaceful country.
2. Central African Republic (3.083):
The central African Republic is one of the poorest and underdeveloped countries in the world. It has the lowest GDP per capita at purchasing power parity in the world and the lowest level of human development. CAR is also one of the unhealthiest countries in the world. Since its independence, CAR has been plunged into turmoil and sectarian conflicts.
1. South Sudan (2.853):
The ongoing conflict of Civil War in South Sudan has made it the most miserable country in the world. With one of the highest poverty rate in the world, it has only 27 per cent literacy rate. As an underdeveloped country, South Sudan has only about 35 miles of paved road and violent crimes like carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings are very common. South Sudan’s economy mainly depends on oil exports.