SA makes top 10 most miserable places to live list

2014-05-02 14:03

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Cape Town – Many South Africans could argue and say South Africa, with its milestone 20 years of democracy, braai days, and epic public holidays, is one of the best countries to live in.

But, according to the world’s most miserable places to live in the world index, South Africa is the 8th most miserable place in the world to live.

The “Misery Index” is an economic index that determines the misery in one country, by taking in factors such as unemployment rates, political unrest and inflation rates.

South Africa received a score of 37.4 due to a high unemployment rate, although in 2014 it was reported that the unemployment rate had dropped from  24.5% to 24.1%. Venezuela, the world's most miserable place to live , scored 79.4, with inflation said to be the major contributing factor.

Here is the complete list of the 10 most miserable places in the world

10: Greece
9: Brazil
8: South Africa
7: Spain
6: Egypt
5: Jamaica
4: Argentina
3: Serbia
2: Iran
1: Venezuela

While, we do agree that high unemployment rates, political unrest and other factors do affect the general “happy” atmosphere of a country, we feel it’s time to think back on some reasons why we love South Africa, despite its grey areas.

Here are 5 reasons why we love South Africa:

1.    World Design Capital
We will mention this at every opportunity we get, because Cape Town being named this year’s World Design Capital is a pretty big deal. If you’re still not clued up on what exactly this means, head onto our World Design Capital 101 page.

2.    20 years of democracy
Having just celebrated Freedom Day on 27 April, we need to remember that South Africa was a very different country 20 years ago, and so much has been made possible under the rainbow nation flag. To get a glimpse of how people celebrated this milestone, have a look at 10 pics that sum up SA's Freedom Day long weekend.

3.    Braais, vuvuzelas and diversity
This is probably one of the coolest things we get to experience with our new nation – a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. If you even look at just how much Soweto has evolved as a tourism destination, there are now Sowetan bike tours, quad biking tours, and many other cool things that make you appreciate just how much there is to do in this country.

4.   SA tertiary education is great!
The 2014 Top 10 Universities list was recently released and guess what? 8 of the 10 universities listed are in South Africa. Click here for the full list.

5.    We have the opportunity to experience so much of this country. From great wine routes, to flora and fauna, what’s not to love?

Your turn! What are some of the things that you love about this country? Tell us in the comment section below, tweet us, or send us an email on

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