Nigeria and its citizens have shot up to the top of countries with the most stress according to a research that was carried out by Bloomberg.
In the research which was meant to find out how stress affects citizens of different countries, Nigeria was voted as the number one country where residents are stressed out.
Researchers analyzed different variables in 74 countries including annual homicide rate, GDP per capita, insecurity, income inequality, corruption, unemployment, health care quality, crime rate, suicide rate and air pollution and typically, Nigeria was not found wanting as it dusted countries like South Africa, Bolivia, Pakistan, Colombia, and others.
This is how they countries stood in the final analyzes:
Nigeria ranks as number one on the list the top 10 most stressed countries in the world. InsideMonkey.com describes Nigeria thus:
'as the eighth most populous country in the world, Nigeria has mass poverty and unemployment with more than 60 percent living below the poverty line. Up to five million Nigerians live with HIV or AIDS.
In addition to the myriads of problems Nigeria is faced with, the citizens face an extreme religious conflict between Muslims and Christians, mass deforestation and water pollution.'
However, they also failed to point out that Nigeria is also bedeviled with crime, insecurity, Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen attack, and a highly corrupt government and its officials who only look out for themselves.
2. South Africa
As in every other thing, South Africa has refused to let Nigeria take the shine off them as they come in second on the list. Time.com reports that until 1994 when it got its independence, apartheid rule caused mass stress across South Africa.
But with democracy now thriving, tensions between the black and white populations still exist.
The economy declined in 2009 and South Africa is still dealing with mass unemployment and substantial poverty. There is also xenophobic attacks by citizens on fellow blacks from other countries whom they accuse of taking their jobs and constituting nuisances in their country.
A study in 2011 showed that 64 percent of South African women feel stressed most of the time.
3. El Salvador
The nation faces problems with violence, poverty, immigration and human rights. So much so that more and more El Salvadorians emigrate every day to escape the stress, troubles, and danger of their daily lives.
Mongolians live with high poverty levels and overpopulation. Plus their country now has high levels of air pollution and the rates of suicide have dramatically increased.
Income inequality between rich and poor continues to grow in the Central American country of Guatemala.
The research shows that Guatemalans have been witnesses to extreme violence, gangs and drug trafficking throughout the country’s recent history which has caused so much stress for the citizens.
Colombia has been struggling with high crime rates, drug trafficking, gang wars, murder and extreme poverty.
InsiderMonkey.com wrote that the problems the country faces have affected 46 percent of the total population, with 64 living in rural areas.
Life in a Colombian ghetto
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Pakistanis have had to face political instability, terrorism and widespread poverty which has led to the soaring stress befalling the citizens.
The research states that poverty has increased from 30 to 40 percent over the last ten years and it does not look like it will end soon with the war going on in the Middle East also contributing to it.
Jamaica has always been known to have a high-level crime rate, drug trafficking, and gang wars but in the last few years, these vices have grown to higher proportions, leading to stress for its citizens.
Peace has eluded the Island Caribbean country for years and it currently has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Macedonia has a black eye when it comes to human rights, specifically when it comes to race and ethnic discrimination. The country also has big problems with domestic abuse and sex trafficking.
The Jamaican Flag
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Bolivia has a history of turbulence, poverty, drug trafficking and murder, with the crime rate rising every other day.
InsiderMonkey.com wrote: 'with a population of more than 10.67 million people, 64 percent of Bolivians live below the poverty line.
Add to that is Bolivia’s unsteady government. The country’s constitution has been rewritten numerous times and its people have lived through nearly 200 government overthrows.