44% of Bulgarians are pessimistic about the upcoming year 2023, according to the data from the Global Happiness Index, a study by the Gallup International Association.

Only 20% of Bulgarians think that a better year awaits us, and 27% think that 2023 will be the same as this one.

Bulgarians retain their traditional pessimism compared to the world average.

Continued political instability and uncertainty in recent years has also led to the highest levels of negativity in decades.

Hopes for economic prosperity are also not particularly high - 9% expect a better year for the economy, 60% expect difficulties and 23% expect the same year.

Happiness in our country remains at almost the same levels as last year and seems to follow its own, different logic.

This year, 43% in our country say they are happy, and 11% say they are unhappy.

42% share that they are somewhere in the middle - between happiness and unhappiness.

A minimum share cannot be estimated.

Happiness in our country is noticeably lower than that in the world, but this year our country at least does not fall into the top unhappiest countries in the world.

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"Gallup" asked the participants of the study and what is the risk of using nuclear weapons in the world.

Bulgarians are moderately worried about the risk of using nuclear weapons.

The data are close to the world data and, above all, to those of most EU countries, which react more moderately to the prospect of such a threat.

In our country, 31% see a high risk from the use of a nuclear bomb, 41% assess the risk as moderate, and for 13% there is no risk.

Around the world

2023 comes with rather pessimistic expectations.

Less than a third (31%) of respondents believe 2023 will be better than 2022. 34% share the opposite view and 27% believe 2023 will be the same as last year.

The results show a rise in pessimism compared to recent years, and the picture now closely resembles attitudes in 2008 – which was also the year with the highest levels of pessimism globally in the new century.

People in Nigeria, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and India are the most optimistic among those asked.

The top 5 pessimists include only countries from Europe: Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, France and Italy.

Expectations for the world economy are also in the realm of pessimism.

Now 21% of people expect economic prosperity for their country in the coming year, nearly half (48%) are prepared for economic hardship and a quarter think 2023 will be the same as 2022 economically.

The rest cannot judge.

Hopes for the world and the economy may be in decline, but personal happiness around the world still prevails.

The majority (54%) of people from different nations around the world consider themselves happy or even very happy.

Over a tenth consider themselves unhappy or very unhappy, and a third are neither happy nor unhappy.

Again, countries in East and West are among the top 5 happiest nations: Philippines, Mexico, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Ecuador, Japan and Kazakhstan.

Europe is more rotten, but the unhappiest countries are scattered around the world: Armenia, Kenya, Hong Kong, Argentina, Turkey and Moldova.

At the end of the year, 38% see a high risk of the use of nuclear weapons in our time.

Another 38% believe there is a moderate risk of this, and only 14% see no risk of nuclear weapons being used anytime soon.


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