PRESENTING: The 15 Most Miserable Places In The World

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As the U.S. economy is somewhere between recession and unbearably slow growth, many Americans have felt despondent, unable to find work or pay for food.

But we can think of 120 countries that are doing way worse than the U.S.

Economist Arthur Orkum created the rather crude “misery index” by taking the sum of the unemployment and inflation rates.

After totaling the figures for almost 200 countries and territories, we came up with a list of the most miserable countries in the world.

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

#15: The Gaza Strip

Misery index score: 46.0%

CPI inflation: 6.0%

Unemployment: 40.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#14: Yemen

Misery index score: 46.2%

CPI inflation: 11.2%

Unemployment: 35.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#13: Haiti

Misery index score: 46.3%

CPI inflation: 5.7%

Unemployment: 40.6%

Source: CIA Factbook

#12: Afghanistan

Misery index score: 48.3%

CPI inflation: 13.3%

Unemployment: 35.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#11: Kosovo

Misery index score: 48.5%

CPI inflation: 3.5%

Unemployment: 45.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#10: Lesotho

Misery index score: 48.6%

CPI inflation: 3.6%

Unemployment: 45.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#9: Marshall Islands

Misery index score: 48.9%

CPI inflation: 12.9%

Unemployment: 36.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#8: Senegal

Misery index score: 49.2%

CPI inflation: 1.2%

Unemployment: 48.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#7: Namibia

Misery index score: 55.7%

CPI inflation: 4.5%

Unemployment: 51.2%

Source: CIA Factbook

#6: Nepal

Misery index score: 56.4%

CPI inflation: 10.4%

Unemployment: 46.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#5: Djibouti

Misery index score: 62.8%

CPI inflation: 3.8%

Unemployment: 59.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#4 Turkmenistan

Misery index score: 70.0%

CPI inflation: 10.0%

Unemployment: 60.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#3: Burkina Faso

Misery index score: 76.2%

CPI inflation: -0.8%

Unemployment: 77.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#2: Liberia

Misery index score: 92.5%

CPI inflation: 7.5%

Unemployment: 85.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

#1: Zimbabwe

Misery index score: 98.7%

CPI inflation: 3.7%

Unemployment: 95.0%

Source: CIA Factbook

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