Is there such a thing as an unhappy country? Yes there is. In a new released survey, it was found out that Bulgaria is the most unhappy country in the European Union. Bulgaria was a former communist country that joined the European Union in 2007 but it seems that the people are not satisfied. Bulgarians averaged 4.8 in a happiness scale of 0 to 10. The next most miserable country was Portugal that gained an average of 6.2. Scandinavia is the happiest country with an average score of 8/10. The survey was published to coincide with the International Day of Happiness.
Why is Bulgaria unhappy?
Bulgaria has the lowest GDP in the EU. Its unemployment rate is 10.8% which is above the 9.8% average. In 2013, Bulgaria has the lowest average annual wage rate at 1,949 Euros. The country experienced rapid growth between 2004 and 2008 but it was hit by the global economic crisis. However, according to an expert, Bulgaria’s misery is more nuanced than lack of money. Bulgaria was not happy joining the European Union and they considered it as a necessary evil. Their expectations were too high and they thought the Europe Union was the answer to their problem. The underlying nature of Bulgarians as people and as a society is not to trust anyone. In the last few years, there were lots of activism and protest movements.
According to a Bulgarian, Elena Georgieva, it is not surprising for Bulgaria to be unhappy. Since the fall of the communist regime, many Bulgarians are living in poverty and it has taken its toll. Bulgarians want a simple life and they are not interested in having lots of money or travel to exotic places. People are constantly worried about the jobs and whether there will be enough to buy food and pay bills.
A significant factor that is considered is that happiness is not a state of being but a process. People who are not evolving will not be happy. You have to move forward so that obstacles can be overcome. Happiness is also a feeling of belonging. If you know that you are part of a community and are appreciated, you will be happy.