#10 Don’t Know
Two percent of the people surveyed said they’re still thinking about what the world’s biggest problem is. They answered that they simply didn’t know. Not a clue. None.
#9 Proliferation Of Nuclear Weapons
Three percent of the EU considered the proliferation of nuclear weapons the one thing that’s going to bring the world to destruction.
The numbers seemed to be higher in South-East Europe, with Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece among the most concerned.
#8 Armed Conflict
Four percent of the EU believe that war is the biggest problem.
The fear is highest in the Balkans, with Bulgaria the most concerned nation. Latvians and Estonians are also fearful.
#7 Spread Of Infectious Disease
Four percent are terrified that a global epidemic will wipe out mankind.
The Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia are the continents most concerned.
#6 The Increasing Global Population
Five percent of the EU believe there just isn’t enough room in this world for everyone.
Scandinavia is particularly concerned about population growth with Sweden being the most afraid nation.
#5 Availability Of Energy
Seven percent of Europe fears a global blackout.
The concern about the availability of energy was expressed most vigorously in Germany and Italy. Any coincidence that they’re two nations that make some of the world’s finest automobiles?
# 4 International Terrorism
11 percent are most fearful of an international terrorist threat.
Bulgarians seem the most concerned about an attack, while Denmark, Czech Republic and Slovakia are also very afraid.
#3 The Economic Situation
Surprised that it’s not at the top of the list?
16 percent of Europe believes that the globe’s economy is its single biggest hurdle today.
Less surprising is that Greece is the most concerned European nation when it comes to economic matters.
#2 Climate Change
20 percent of Europe think that climate change is the world’s biggest problem.
On average, when asked to score out of 10 how big a threat climate change was, Europe rated it at 7.4.
Sweden and Luxembourg were the most concerned nations, but the Portuguese have other problems; only seven percent of Portugal thought climate change was a global issue.
#1 Poverty, Hunger And Lack Of Drinking Water
28 percent of the EU said that poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water represented the biggest problem for the world.
That number was 34 percent when a similar survey was conducted in 2009.
Who is the most caring nation? France, though over half of those surveyed in all countries said that poverty was a global issue.
The least caring? the United Kingdom, where 49 percent of people surveyed didn’t mention global poverty as a big problem.