Two Afghan men sitting by a lion statue in Kayan valley, Doshi district in the northern Baghlan province – Photo by: Frederique Lengaigne/Compass Films (1997)

Afghanistan has once again been recognized as the ‘least happy’ country in the world according to the World Population Review 2021 report.

“The least happy country in the world for 2021 was Afghanistan, whose 149th-place ranking of 2.523 can be attributed in part to a low life expectancy rate and low gross domestic product rates per capita. It’s worthwhile to note that the report was released before the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, which will undoubtedly impact future scores in one way or another”, the World Population Review reported.

According to the report, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherland, Norway, Sweden, Luxemburg, New Zealand, and Austria are the top 10 happiest nations in the world.

Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Haiti, Tanzania, Yamen, and Burundi are the top 10 least happy countries in the world.

Afghanistan had secured the top position amongst the least happy nations in 2020 as well. The country has gone through serious war and insecurity for the last 42 years.

Millions of Afghans have been either internally displaced due to the violence and poverty or have been emigrated and are living as refugees mostly in Pakistan, Iran, India, Turkey, and European countries.

This comes as very recently, the fall of the country in the hands of the Taliban which is believed to have happened as a result of the mismanagement in the Afghan government and fleeing of the President once again took the country into total chaos.

Hundreds of thousands of Afghan citizens had to emigrate soon after the country collapsed on August 15 as the Taliban took the capital Kabul facing no military resistance.

The aid-driven economy of Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse as the international community has abandoned the Taliban regime and has said not to recognize them, but they must form an inclusive government and share the power with other ethnic and religious groups.

It has been over 90 days that civil servants have not been paid by the government, however, some countries have committed paying the salaries of health and education sectors’ employees.

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