Romanians are third in world pessimists to after the French and the Icelandic, according to a survey related to the 2011 economic perspectives ordered by the French daily Le Parisien and conducted by BVA Gallup in 53 countries. î

Romania is followed by Serbia and Great Britain. Over 61% of the French believe that 2011 will be a tough economic year, way above the world average of 28%. Most optimistic countries are Nigeria, Vietnam, Brazil, Ghana, China and Kosovo.

Generally, Europeans are pessimistic about the perspectives of the new year while emerging economies in Asia, South America and Africa are a bit more optimistic.