A new survey by the French BVA Institute ranks Vietnam as the world’s most optimistic nation — outranking other optimists such as China and Brazil. The survey contends that developed nations now show pessimism, while emerging countries as well as war-torn nations like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan are more optimistic.
Some of the reasons given for Vietnam’s high rank are its rapid economic growth rate of nearly 7%, its poverty reduction, increased life expectancy by 27 years over the past two decades, and universal access to primary school.
BVA reported 70% of Vietnamese are optimistic about their country’s economic prosperity in 2011 compared to 30% worldwide.
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