Everybody wants to live in the best place possible but not all of us are privileged to do so. Here are some of the worst countries to live in because they are rife with war, crime, hunger, poverty, diseases, and life is an everyday struggle in these countries. Here are 7 of them.
7 Worst Countries To Live In
Nigeria, a pre-pandemic country that already had the world’s highest number of children out of school, found that 45 percent of children have not engaged in any learning activities since the closure was imposed last March. The HDI ranking of this country is very low: it’s 161st in the world.
As in other African cities, ramshackle buses, shared taxis (danfos) and mototaxis (okadas) circulate in large numbers on the streets of Lagos. Although these means of public transport are used massively by the population, thefts are common, so tourists are recommended not to use them.
In 1901, only 37,000 people lived in Lagos, in 1921 there were close to 100,000 and in 1971 this amounted to 1.2 million. As in many other large cities, in Lagos, the suburbs and satellite cities where the main population growth is taking place are also becoming larger.
Lagos is, in most studies, one of the cities with the highest population growth in the world. Lagos State is currently experiencing a population increase of approximately 275,000 people per year.
2. Papua New Guinea
The population has grown rapidly since independence.
In 2004, the city was ranked as the worst place in the world to live in the ranking of 130 world capitals of the Economist Intelligence Unit. The high levels of rapes, robberies, and murders, and large areas of the city controlled by criminal gangs, known locally as raskols were cited in the report. According to an article published by The Guardian newspaper in 2004, unemployment levels were estimated to be between 60 and 90%, and murder rates were three times those of Moscow and 23 times those of London.
In addition to this, a large part of the rural population is illiterate, especially women. Schools in the capital have traditionally been run by the church. The school system is in line with the English education system, private schools, and public schools coexist.
Dhaka is the commercial center of Bangladesh. Estimates from the International Monetary Fund put Bangladesh’s population at more than 167 million, making it the seventh most populous nation in the world. With an area of 148,460 square kilometers, the population density is remarkable making it the worst country to live in.
To put it in perspective, the Russian population is slightly smaller even though Russia has an area of 17.5 million square kilometers, at least 120 times the size of Bangladesh. The country has the highest population density in the world, not counting some city-states and some small countries such as Bahrain.
Emigration to more developed countries (especially the United Kingdom, where there is a large Bangladeshi community) also contributed to a slowdown in population growth. The population is relatively young, with 60% of Bangladeshis between the ages of 0-25, while only 3% are over 65. Life expectancy is 63 years for men and women.
The majority ethnic group is the Bengali people, who comprise 98% of the population. The rest are mainly made up of Bihari migrants and indigenous tribal groups. This region has been a source of constant ethnic conflicts since independence from the país.
Health problems abound, ranging from arsenic contamination of groundwater to diseases such as malaria, leptospirosis, and dengue. The high levels of contamination together with poor working conditions in the industrial sector due to the high risk of exposure to toxic and radioactive products are causing a significant increase in cancer cases in recent years.
The literacy rate is approximately 48% and 82% of the population lives in rural areas.
The security situation is very unstable as violent fighting is widespread and ongoing in Libya. Don’t travel to Libya as there’s a high threat of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, and crime. If you stay in Libya, know that areas of Libya that border with Algeria, Niger, Chad, and Sudan are very dangerous. Bandits and armed tribal groups operate in these areas which brings a very high threat of kidnapping, so avoid cross-border travel between Libya and these countries. Libya also experiences severe weather.
Despite having a growing middle class which is above 70 million, a large chunk of the country’s population remains poor and is suffering from poverty and unemployment. This contributes to Pakistan’s current social problems and as of 2008, over 17% of the total population was found abjectly living below the poverty line. But just 10 years ago, the unemployment rate, as of 2010, lumbered up to an unprecedented 15%.
Another factor that makes Pakistan one of the worst countries to live in is the poor governance and political insecurity that has further added to the issues faced by the average.
Due to Venezuela’s current political situation, the country has one of the top five highest per capita murder rates in the world as armed robberies are common in addition to experiencing very high levels of violent and petty crime – rife in both the capital Caracas and the interior.
As a foreigner, you are a prime target so don’t expect justice if you are a victim of crime – only a very small percentage of crimes result in trials and convictions.
The kidnappings have increased approximately 50 percent from 2008 to 2009, and kidnappings of foreign nationals occur from homes, hotels, unauthorized taxis, and the airport terminal.
Even popular tourist attractions, such as the Avila National Park, are increasingly associated with violent crime. Other than these developed places, the poor neighborhoods, barrios (read slums) that cover the hills around Caracas are extremely dangerous. These are seldom patrolled by police and gangs of thieves will often surround their victims and use a chokehold to disable them, even in crowded market areas where there is little or no police presence.
Pickpockets are also a problem – they concentrate in and around crowded bus and subway stations in downtown Caracas. Not to mention Subway escalators are favored and robberies also occur frequently on buses and trains.
According to the financial services company Bloomberg, there is no better place to pass the pandemic than New Zealand and there is no worse place than Mexico.
This was concluded after organizing 53 countries and identifying in which of them the pandemic is best experienced by analyzing health and socioeconomic markers.
Earlier this year, Mexico occupied 53rd place of the 53 nations studied in the list, which takes into account factors such as access to vaccines, fatality, cases in the last month, and the rate of positivity.