• Research from Ipsos has revealed what different countries are worrying about the most.
  • For example, America is worried about crime and violence, COVID-19, climate change and corruption.
  • However, in South Africa and Italy, unemployment is the top worry.
  • Concerningly, climate change was not the biggest worry in any of the countries surveyed, despite being a highly pressing issue.

What do people worry about most in different countries? According to research from Ipsos, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused some of the highest rates of worry, but it was by no means the top concern for everyone anymore. A baffling 63 percent of Swedes said they worried about crime and violence despite living in a relatively safe country. The concern was also the most common in Mexico and the United States.

Americans were more divided than most countries on what worried them. 33 percent said crime and violence, which was followed by the coronavirus (25 percent), climate change (23 percent) and corruption (22 percent).

Unemployment was the top worry in South Africa at 62 percent and Italy at 55 percent, while coronavirus worry was still most present in Asia, where 76 percent of Malaysians said they worried about the pandemic - the highest degree of agreement in the survey. The top country for worry about corruption was Columbia, where it was the most common concern at 55 percent of respondents agreeing to it. For worry about poverty, the same is true for Russia at 58 percent.

Interestingly, climate change wasn't the biggest worry in any of the 28 countries in the survey. In a reoccurring Gallup survey asking for the biggest threat to one's country, more and more nations have been pivoting towards naming climate change, potentially revealing a discrepancy between knowing climate change as a threat and grasping it enough to personally worry about it.

this chart shows what different countries in the world are most worried about
Coronavirus is a common worry across different countries.
Image: Statista

What is the World Economic Forum doing about mental health?

One in four people will experience mental illness in their lives, costing the global economy an estimated $6 trillion by 2030.

Mental ill-health is the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people aged 10–24 years, contributing up to 45% of the overall burden of disease in this age-group. Yet globally, young people have the worst access to youth mental health care within the lifespan and across all the stages of illness (particularly during the early stages).

In response, the Forum has launched a global dialogue series to discuss the ideas, tools and architecture in which public and private stakeholders can build an ecosystem for health promotion and disease management on mental health.

One of the current key priorities is to support global efforts toward mental health outcomes - promoting key recommendations toward achieving the global targets on mental health, such as the WHO Knowledge-Action-Portal and the Countdown Global Mental Health

Read more about the work of our Platform for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare, and contact us to get involved.