¡Salud! Spain is officially the healthiest country in the world

Researchers have ranked 169 economies across the globe in an attempt to find the healthiest

¡Salud! Spain is officially the healthiest country in the world

In a recent study based on extensive research, Spain came out on top as the healthiest country in the world.

Researchers for the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, using data from the World Health Organisation, United Nations Population Division and the World Bank, have devised a grading system to determine the overall general health of a country, which takes into account obesity, tobacco use, environmental factors and access to clean water. Each country is then given a grade and Spain’s 92.75 was enough to secure the top spot.

Spain’s life expectancy is the highest of all EU countries, according to the United Nations, which could be attributed to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet comprising oils and fish.

The UK didn’t fare too badly either, achieving a health grade of 84.28 and ranking in 19th place.

The top 20 healthiest countries in the world:

1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Iceland
4. Japan
5. Switzerland
6. Sweden
7. Australia
8. Singapore
9. Norway
10. Israel
11. Luxembourg
12. France
13. Austria
14. Finland
15. Netherlands
16. Canada
17. South Korea
18. New Zealand
19. UK
20. Ireland

The US landed in 35th place and China in 52nd place.


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