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

#20: Iran
Misery index score: 37.8% 
CPI inflation: 22.5%
Unemployment: 15.3%
Source: CIA Factbook

#19: Afghanistan

#19: Afghanistan
Misery index score: 42.7% 
CPI inflation: 7.7%
Unemployment: 35.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#18: Gaza Strip

#18: Gaza Strip
Misery index score: 45.0% 
CPI inflation: 5.0%
Unemployment: 40.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#17: Bosnia and Herzegovina

#17: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Misery index score: 47.1% 
CPI inflation: 3.8%
Unemployment: 43.3%
Source: CIA Factbook

#16: Swaziland

#16: Swaziland

Misery index score: 48.0%CPI inflation: 8.0%

Unemployment: 40.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#15: Marshall Islands

#15: Marshall Islands
Misery index score: 48.9% 
CPI inflation: 12.9%
Unemployment: 36.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#14: Haiti

#14: Haiti
Misery index score: 49.9% 
CPI inflation: 9.3%
Unemployment: 40.6%
Source: CIA Factbook

#13: Kenya

#13: Kenya
Misery index score: 51.0% 
CPI inflation: 11.0%
Unemployment: 40.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#12: Senegal

#12: Senegal
Misery index score: 51.4% 
CPI inflation: 3.4%
Unemployment: 48.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#11: Lesotho

#11: Lesotho
Misery index score: 52.2% 
CPI inflation: 7.2%
Unemployment: 45.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#10: Belarus

#10: Belarus
Misery index score: 53.4% 
CPI inflation: 52.4%
Unemployment: 1.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#9: Kosovo

#9: Kosovo
Misery index score: 53.6% 
CPI inflation: 8.3%
Unemployment: 45.3%
Source: CIA Factbook

#8: Nepal

#8: Nepal
Misery index score: 53.8% 
CPI inflation: 7.8%
Unemployment: 46.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#7: Yemen

#7: Yemen
Misery index score: 55.0% 
CPI inflation: 20.0%
Unemployment: 35.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#6: Namibia

#6: Namibia
Misery index score: 56.5% 
CPI inflation: 5.3%
Unemployment: 51.2%
Source: CIA Factbook

#5: Djibouti

#5: Djibouti
Misery index score: 66.0% 
CPI inflation: 7.0%
Unemployment: 59.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#4 Turkmenistan

#4 Turkmenistan
Misery index score: 75.0% 
CPI inflation: 15.0%
Unemployment: 60.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#3: Burkina Faso

#3: Burkina Faso
Misery index score: 80.6% 
CPI inflation: 3.6%
Unemployment: 77.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#2: Liberia

#2: Liberia
Misery index score: 95.0% 
CPI inflation: 10.0%
Unemployment: 85.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

#1: Zimbabwe

#1: Zimbabwe
Misery index score: 100.6% 
CPI inflation: 5.6%
Unemployment: 95.0%
Source: CIA Factbook

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