South Africa: Second most stressed country in the world

A new study conducted by Bloomberg has revealed South Africa is the second most stressed out country in the world. The online publication ranked 74 countries based on the stressfulness of their living environments.

While Norway and Luxenburg scored the lowest at 5.4 and 7.1 points respectively, revealing life as easiest in these countries, South Africa scored a massive 70.0 points. Leading the pack was Nigeria with 70.1 points,  illustrating life as toughest in the West African country.

Seven equally weighted variables were considered to make up each of the countries’ total scores. Each variable was given an average final score between 0 – 100. The higher the score, the more stressful the living environment was.

Estimates were based on the information from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, International Monetary Fund, Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, Transparency International and World Health Organization.

Each country was allocated points for each of the variables based on its relative position in the specified category’s rankings. The country that scored the least stressful measure was given 0 points, while the country with the highest stress level scored 100.

What the results reveal about South Africa:

  • Annual homicide rate is 31.8 per 100 000 citizens
  • GDP per capita is $7 257, while income inequality is 63.1
  • Corruption scored 43
  • The unemployment rate was sixth highest at 25.7
  • Life expectancy measured at 58
  • Urban air pollution measured in micrograms per cubic metre, was 51.6

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