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10th Jan 2016

The world’s most stressful countries to live in have been revealed

Conor Heneghan

Turns out living here isn’t so bad after all.

Bloomberg have attempted to determine the most stressful countries to live in around the world, taking into account seven different variables to come up with a score that reflects how stressful the environment is in particular countries.

The seven variables in question are Annual Homicide Rate, GDP per Capita, Income Inequality, Corruption, Unemployment Rate, Urban Air Pollution and Life Expectancy.

Out of 74 countries surveyed, Nigeria was deemed to be the most stressful country to live in with a score of 70.1 on a scale of 0-100.


It was followed by South Africa, El Salvador, Mongolia and Guatemala in the top five, with Pakistan (7), India (14) and Brazil (17) also featuring in the top 20.

At the other end of the scale, nine of the ten least stressful countries to live in are located in Europe, with Norway deemed the least stressful with a score of 5.4, ahead of Luxembourg, Switzerland and Sweden.

The UK fared pretty well with a ranking of 56 in the most stressful table, with the United States two places higher in the list at 54.

The most stressed-out countries: 

  1. Nigeria
  2. South Africa
  3. El Salvador
  4. Mongolia
  5. Guatemala
  6. Colombia
  7. Pakistan
  8. Jamaica
  9. Macedonia
  10. Bolivia

56.United Kingdom

74. Norway