ZIMBABWEANS are still the unhappiest people in the world despite the formation of a unity government that has stabilised the countryâ€™s economic situation, a recent report reveals.
The unity government, formed in February, appears to have brought a number of improvements to Zimbabwe including wiping out the countryâ€™s hyperinflation but it has not made local citizens any happier.
Zimbabwe is ranked at the bottom of the table of 143 nations surveyed over the happiness of its nationals in rankings developed by the UK based think tank, the New Economics Foundation.
Life expectancy, happiness and the environmental impact were all measured to develop the â€œHappy Nation Indexâ€.
Low life expectancy in Zimbabwe is cited as one of the reasons bringing unhappiness to Zimbabweans, the report said.
HIV and Aids have halved the average life expectancy of Zimbabweâ€™s 12,5 million people â€” with the consequence that many parents die at an age at which many in the developed world are just beginning their child-bearing lives.
Zimbabwean men are expected to live just 37 years, while womenâ€™s average life expectancy is now 34 years old.
The survey shows the 10 happiest countries are not the richest nations but middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia or the Caribbean where there is a high level of life satisfaction and low carbon footprint.
Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country on the planet.
The UK comes in at 74 out of 143 countries behind post-Soviet Georgia at 72, Burma, ruled by a military junta at 39 and Sri Lanka, which has been scarred by decades of civil war, at 22.
The highest-ranking country in the European Union was the Netherlands at 43 followed by Germany at 51 and France at 71.
The United States was ranked at 114, Canada at 89 and Australia at 102. â€” UK.netguide.