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SL among 15 most miserable countries

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Sri Lanka has been ranked as the 11th most miserable country in the Hanke's Annual Misery Index (HAMI) 2022. 

Economist Steve Hanke's index provided rankings for a total of 157 countries. The index is the sum of the year-end unemployment, inflation, and bank-lending rates, minus the annual percentage change in real GDP per capita.

Zimbabwe has been ranked as the ‘most miserable country’ in the Index.

Among the countries ranked, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Argentina, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Angola, Tonga, and Ghana emerged as the 15 most miserable countries worldwide.

Among the 157 countries analysed, Switzerland emerged as the least miserable, occupying the top position (157) on the list.


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  • Adwani Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:22 PM

    In 1956 Banda set the footprint towards miserability, by introducing Sinhala Only Act and abolishing of English Language. While his own kids studied in France others remained less educated.

    K.Soysa` Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:59 PM

    Even Sunethra said so!! Socialism, and nationalism. The bane of our nation. Add to that this bunch of politicians and we have the right mix!!

    Hadam Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:11 PM

    Well said my friend. Dived and rule is only recently adopted by few world leaders but Banda mastered it then and see where that got us today. We can't change the past, we only can learn from it.

    Spartacus Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:01 PM

    Fact is today if Banda was there, the southern yakkos will still vote for him despite the damage he did to the country. Just look at Rajapakse's, after totally bankrupting the nation, they still live like kings and those 69% yakkos will still now to him.

    Sakya Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:56 PM

    Exactly nothing but the truth original harbinger of the miserable era that has no end at sight

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:24 PM

    Now can someone guess the most miserable family in this miserable country?

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:19 PM

    Not miserable family but the happiest family with massive wealth. They live in the south east area of the country where we have a big harbour and an airport.

    Ranjith Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:44 PM

    I can name two Rajapakses and Wickramasinghe's

    A miserable Sri Lankan Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:33 PM

    Sri Lanka achieved this honour thanks to all the politicians who ruled Sri Lanka since independence but mainly Rajapaksas.

    Lank Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:35 PM

    Sri Lanka is the paradise on this Earth and yet our politicians due to their ignorance and greedy politics made it Hell on earth..I don't know what to say and how do make it good once will need to work out it ..first we need to politics right and yet political leaders say we need to find economy right first ? It is like which came first Egg or chick...we are fighting each other for this ..

    Bernard Jayatilake Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:49 PM

    If it is an election year, severe damage would have done to the incumbent ruler and the party who support him for survival but luckily for them, people tend to forget by the time an election is held next year but definitely it would be more miserable.

    Sunil Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:51 PM

    This time Hanke is mistaken. Sri Lanka is now the most miserable and wretched country in the world, thanks to our pin president and his ever-submissive associates.

    Christopher Thursday, 25 May 2023 05:56 PM

    World bank statistics 2019 indicate 7.5 murders per 100k in USA and 3 murders per 100k citizens in Sri Lanka. Chill places opening almost fortnightly in Colombo area. eg Bamba food court. Aluth kaday Street food etc. It's important to help Sri Lankans to stay positive and be resilient to overcome this so called misery. after all happiness is a state of mind.

    Rajapaksa Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:03 PM

    Shaa ! How good, we thought Sri Lanka was worse than Zimbabwe !

    Sam Silva Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:03 PM

    If reported numbers are genuine we will be the worst country in the list. It's very sad but not for the rich and elite people. Their lives get better as we speak.

    UMAS ALI Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:19 PM


    Hora Maina Thursday, 25 May 2023 06:42 PM

    Thanks to hora family who ruined this beautiful country. Check Pandora papers and Panama papers etc. then we will find the truth.

    Chan Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:04 PM

    Only a country in the entire world is having two type of laws, one law is applying for normal civilians and one is for politician or famous people, main reason to be misareble.

    Dee Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:07 PM

    Inflation is the main reason for SL. Successive governments are responsible as they gave and are promising freebies and subsidies to win elections. Nobody seems to have a vision for the next few decades! Only vision is the next election. Sadly right now it’s a stupid local election- not even an national election!

    Wiraj Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:09 PM

    Hurrah to all politicians of the past and present and Kudos to the ignorant people who have voted them in repeatedly, to achieve this great feat.

    Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:28 PM

    Don't worry. We have another 25 years to develop in 2048.

    Lack of complete freedom speech will keep things miserable Thursday, 25 May 2023 07:34 PM

    Surprise is that it's taken that long for people in the nation to realise how useless the 225 they keep voting in and allowing to stay in parliament a really are. There is really no social hope in sight for people here. The old cronies are controlling the country putting up 2500 culture as the truth. Those who try to speak truth, are arrested for insulting relation, judiciary or some other against freedom of speech thing. Even cricketers who are not proven guilty of alleged offenses are widely abused in the media. How can such a country ever be anything but miserable?

    Gamini Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:01 PM

    No wonder Dollar is weak here. It is only within this country. Nobody can buy anything. Hence money has no value. Just like for animals. Just eat what is on the way and move on, and feel miserable seeing that the grass is greener outside.

    Srilankan Citizen Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:02 PM

    Sri Lanka is amongst the most miserable countries in the world because of nothing else but because of its MISERABLE RULERS who are unpatriotic, unscruplous , dishonest, and plunderers.

    Volker Metzger Thursday, 25 May 2023 08:26 PM

    Steve Hanke's ranking is an important, but very one-sided, because of the economic point of view, on the most diverse countries on earth! Sri Lanka is an extraordinary and beautiful country with an admirable culture and philosophy, unfortunately with a changing, corrupt and pathetic government that has been in power for a long time! As important as economic data are when considering a country, they only reflect one (!) (although important) aspect, which does not, however, give a correction to describe a country as a "miserable country"!!! Look at other, economically better off countries that are doing well, but still have a variety of problems and unhappy people! Everything is relative in life and depends on the standards you use! And all of these ranking agencies are highly questionable from the start! Sri Lanka will overcome its big problems with a better government!!!

    Grace Thursday, 25 May 2023 09:06 PM

    Of course. Not only our grandparents and parents are responsible for this. They voted for politicians who promised to bring rice from the moon and provide 8 pounds grains freely for each person. We voted for a politician who took advantage of Easter attacks. Our people will never learn a lesson.

    joshua Thursday, 25 May 2023 09:48 PM

    Thanks for the Rajapakshe family and their stooges for bringing this great honour to SL.

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 25 May 2023 09:51 PM

    Watch this space. Hope at least to make the final. Should win on penalties against either Somalia, Sudan or Zimbabwe.

    Krish Guru Thursday, 25 May 2023 10:00 PM

    I thought we are march towards Singapore

    VJ Thursday, 25 May 2023 10:48 PM

    Probably a few are different disappointed India’s name is not on the top 15 list.

    Punchi Thursday, 25 May 2023 11:33 PM

    Nethanyahu wants to change the constitution the Israelis protest. We changed the constitution through our elected representatives to disadvantage our minorities, we wholeheartedly supported it. We wholeheartedly supported the killings and the war that came about. Now we are incapable of looking after ourselves

    ANNECUNT Friday, 26 May 2023 01:21 AM


    Mary Thiagarajah Friday, 26 May 2023 02:02 AM

    It’s our life and we enjoy the Freedom in it’s Fullness. As a country we can not let anything make our lives miserable. It’s our responsibility to choose right person to send to the parliament to govern us. We should be very aware to find a honest, educated and disciplined person otherwise they will destroy us. In the future if the above said people are going to be elected, just imagine how wonderful our country will be. Truly No : 1 in Asia. A Mini Super Power Country!!! Freedom to every individual, community and all races!!!

    Ram Friday, 26 May 2023 04:06 AM

    I congratulate our politicians for working so hard to achieve this 11th position out of 157 countries. Cheers

    Andrew Silva Friday, 26 May 2023 05:20 AM

    Rajapaksha family is the main cause that brought to out and is still bringing misery to our dear Lanka.

    CITIZEN Friday, 26 May 2023 07:50 AM

    Thanks to the silver tongue and his Sinhala only plan. Also all other subsequent governments that have ruled. God help us!

    Ceylonese Friday, 26 May 2023 09:52 AM

    All these years we were living in a dream world not knowing exactly where we stand only to realise that we are among the top 15 miserable countries in the world. all because they say Sri Lankan's have an inflated opinion about themselves.

    Jude Friday, 26 May 2023 10:39 AM

    Who said that lankans are miserable!??? Lankans are The smartest voters!! Of the current 225, more than 60% Over 60 years old. Moreover, lankans have elected 80% of the 225 politicians for over 25 years continuesly. The same bunch bankrupt this country. And The leaders made this country living hell for sometime, with no water no electricity no fuel no gas no milk powder no medicine. Hello, in fact we lankans love being misarable and we're enjoying it, otherwise why we send the same scumbags who made us misarable to parliament at every elections. Furthermore, we've experienced being misarable for 75 years And counting, yeah. Being misarable is our lifestyle and it has become our hobby yeah.

    Dramatist Friday, 26 May 2023 11:08 AM

    Even our tele drama's are miserable.A true reflection of the state of the nation.

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