The 20 Most Miserable Countries In The World

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As the Greek economy deteriorates further, the country’s people have grown despondent over a lack of leadership and failed austerity measures.But on a list of the most miserable countries in the world, Greece wouldn’t even crack the worst 50. 

The misery index, a crude economic theory created by Arthur Orkum, sums a country’s unemployment and inflation rates to assess conditions on the ground (the higher the number, the worse off a country is). 

The reasoning: you can tell a great deal about an economy by a soaring jobless rate and a population that can afford less and less of required goods.

Business Insider totaled the figures for 197 countries and territories — from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe — to compile the 2012 Misery Index.

Note: Results are based on CIA World Factbook data, which estimates figures for countries and territories that do not have reliable local reporting agencies.

#20: Iran

Misery index score: 37.8%

CPI inflation: 22.5%

Unemployment: 15.3%

Source: CIA Factbook

#19: Afghanistan

Misery index score: 42.7%

CPI inflation: 7.7%

Unemployment: 35.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#18: Gaza Strip

Misery index score: 45.0%

CPI inflation: 5.0%

Unemployment: 40.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#17: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Misery index score: 47.1%

CPI inflation: 3.8%

Unemployment: 43.3%

Source: CIA Factbook

#16: Swaziland

Misery index score: 48.0%

CPI inflation: 8.0%

Unemployment: 40.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#15: Marshall Islands

Misery index score: 48.9%

CPI inflation: 12.9%

Unemployment: 36.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#14: Haiti

Misery index score: 49.9%

CPI inflation: 9.3%

Unemployment: 40.6%

Source: CIA Factbook

#13: Kenya

Misery index score: 51.0%

CPI inflation: 11.0%

Unemployment: 40.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#12: Senegal

Misery index score: 51.4%

CPI inflation: 3.4%

Unemployment: 48.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#11: Lesotho

Misery index score: 52.2%

CPI inflation: 7.2%

Unemployment: 45.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#10: Belarus

Misery index score: 53.4%

CPI inflation: 52.4%

Unemployment: 1.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#9: Kosovo

Misery index score: 53.6%

CPI inflation: 8.3%

Unemployment: 45.3%

Source: CIA Factbook

#8: Nepal

Misery index score: 53.8%

CPI inflation: 7.8%

Unemployment: 46.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#7: Yemen

Misery index score: 55.0%

CPI inflation: 20.0%

Unemployment: 35.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#6: Namibia

Misery index score: 56.5%

CPI inflation: 5.3%

Unemployment: 51.2%

Source: CIA Factbook

#5: Djibouti

Misery index score: 66.0%

CPI inflation: 7.0%

Unemployment: 59.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#4 Turkmenistan

Misery index score: 75.0%

CPI inflation: 15.0%

Unemployment: 60.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#3: Burkina Faso

Misery index score: 80.6%

CPI inflation: 3.6%

Unemployment: 77.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#2: Liberia

Misery index score: 95.0%

CPI inflation: 10.0%

Unemployment: 85.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#1: Zimbabwe

Misery index score: 100.6%

CPI inflation: 5.6%

Unemployment: 95.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

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