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They may not be the richest, but Africans remain the world's staunchest optimists. An annual survey [PDF] by Gallup International, a research outfit, shows that, when asked whether this year will be better than last, Africa once again comes out on top. Out of 52,000 people interviewed all over the world, under half believe that things are looking up. But in Africa the proportion is close to 60%—almost twice as much as in Europe.

Via the Economist. Beijing leads the way in terms of optimism. Kosovo, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Venezuela also place in the top six. However, I am not convinced that “will next year be better than this year” is the right question to gauge optimism by?

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