Domestic crisis sparks strong emotions within a nation. In this regard, a survey has revealed the world’s angriest countries for the year 2021 – 2022.
According to the data collected by US company Gallup from the end of 2021 through mid-2022, Lebanon has been rated the angriest country in the world with Turkey bagging the second spot.
Over 100 countries’ emotions, including anger, were analyzed and it was revealed that 49 percent of people who were surveyed in Lebanon experienced anger regularly, including on the day before they took part in the survey.
The cause for such high emotions in Lebanon was the endemic corruption and an economic meltdown brought on by the ruling elite, the devastating Beirut Port blast in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, Turkey also experienced high levels of anger as it had been dealing with runaway inflation even before the war in Ukraine, and its government has increasingly become authoritarian.
Moreover, Armenia came in third place with an anger rate of 46 percent due to its political tensions with neighboring Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh territory. Iraq (46 percent) and Afghanistan (41 percent) came in fourth and fifth respectively in the anger index due to socio-economic issues brought on by years of war.
Anger in Pakistan
What at all the world’s angriest countries had in common was socio-economic issues. While Pakistan did not make it to the list of the angriest countries in the world (fortunately), Pakistan has much to be angry about.
2022 was a very happening year for Pakistan. First, the no-confidence motion against former Prime Minister Imran Khan was passed which led to his ouster, depriving a majority of the Pakistanis of their favorite leader. Then the PDM government – which was accused of multiple corruption charges – took over.
This year, Pakistan also witnessed record levels of inflation. Pakistan’s annual consumer price inflation reached 24.9% in July, up from 21.3% in June and the highest in 14 years. Moreover, cities across Pakistan faced long hours of load shedding during summer as well. The incessant load shedding in the sweltering summer heat coupled with high inflation levels certainly had Pakistanis fuming, leading to protests.