Road rage, commuter rage, long queues, feral youth, feral urban foxes: these are just some of the aspects of life that make it one long stressful experience. But how does your experience compare with that of others around the world? You can have a look right here: Bloomberg has compiled a list of the most stressful countries in the world based on seven equally weighted variables using the latest available data. Countries that did not have data available for all the variables were not included in the analysis.
- Murder rates – the homicide rate per 100,000
- Purchasing power parity – using GDP per capita, in dollars, adjusted “for purchasing power parity”
- Income equality – using the Gini Index, where 0 indicates perfect equality and 100 represents perfect inequality
- Corruption levels - using the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions index that scores countries using a scale of 0 to 100: 0 represents the most corrupt.
- Unemployment – the unemployment rate
- Air pollution - using the yearly average concentration of “fine particles smaller than 10 microns, measured in micrograms per cubic meter”
- Life expectancy – years at birth
The countries were awarded points for every variable according to their relative position in that category’s ranking. The country with the least stressful score for each category was given 0 points and the country with the greatest stress level was awarded 100 points.
Based on Bloomberg’s report, Nigeria is the most stressful (and I have it on good authority that it is, indeed, highly stressful) of the 74 countries analysed, whereas the least stressful, to which we should all move, is Norway. If you live in the UK you should take comfort that there are a great many countries more stressful than the UK: the UK ranked at position 56. And the US? Only a couple of notches more stressful than the UK, it raked in 54th place. Unsurprisingly, most of the least stressful countries are European (although Australia is the sixth least stressful country and Canada the 10th least stressful), and the most stressful countries are a mixed bag from Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Table: The Top 10 Most Stressful Countries in the World
MR: Murder Rate
GDP: GDP per Capita
IE: Income Inequality
CS: Corruption Score
UR: Unemployment Rate
AR: Air Pollution
LE: Life Expectancy
|Nigeria (most stresful)||70.1||12.2||$1,676||48.8||27||23.9%||123.6||53|
A number of factors contribute towards the feeling of stress, as this table shows. The perceived level of corruption in a country, the level of danger, health and wellbeing (life expectancy), the quality of the environment (air pollution) income distribution levels and, of course, money. If you are planning to relocate for work, these are all important factors for your consideration; data such as this from Bloomberg provides very useful insights.
See also: The happiest countries in the world
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