5 African nations with the most miserable people

Nigeria has been ranked as the sixth most miserable country in the world by an annual Misery Index but it is not the only African nation on the list.

The high unemployment rate  in Nigeria makes it the most miserable country in Africa and the 6th in the world

Every year, Steve Hanke, an American Professor of Applied Economics at the John Hopkins University in the United States and Forbes contributor releases his annual Misery Index.

In order to figure out the most miserable countries, he looks at unemployment, inflation and bank lending rates across the world.

The places that score high on these economic indices are considered sad and miserable. As Hanke puts it, "A higher Misery Index score reflects a higher level of "misery".

The latest Misery Index ranking features 95 countries including five nations from Africa.

Here are the five African nations with the most miserable people:

  • Nigeria

Misery Index: 43.0

Major Contributing Factor: High unemployment rate

According to this report, Nigeria is the most miserable country in Africa and the 6th in the world.

  • South Africa

Misery Index: 42.0

Major Contributing Factor: High unemployment rate

  • Egypt

Misery Index: 36.8

Major Contributing Factor: Unemployment rate

  • Algeria

Misery Index: 21.9

Major Contributing Factor: Unemployment rate

  • Mauritius

Misery Index: 17.9

Major Contributing Factor: Lending rate

On the other hand, the 7th World Happiness Report by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranks Mauritius as the happiest nation in Africa followed by Nigeria and Cameroon.

The misery index was originally created by a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson called Arthur Okun. He invented it in the 1970s while working at the Brookings Institution.

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