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This List of the World’s 25 Healthiest Countries May Surprise You

Well, If I had to guess which nation boasts the healthiest people, i might pick one of the standby Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden, which are known for their best healthcare systems and high quality of life.

However, Italy is the healthiest country in the world, according to a ranking of the world’s healthiest nations for 2017. Good news for wine, pasta, and cheese lovers!

Italy has trumped 163 nations to emerge the healthiest and longest living populace on the planet, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia. Surprisingly enough, Italy far outpaces France (#20), Greece (#20), and the UK (#23).

The sixth ranking position was claimed by Spain with a health grade of 89.19, while 7th place went to Japan, which scored a total of 89.19 points. Sweden, Israel, and Luxembourg also made it to the top ten, managing to accumulate 88.92, 88.14, and 87.87 points respectively.

Meanwhile, the United States managed to score a total of 73.05 points out of 100, ranking in at No. 34. The 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index graded 163 countries based on variables like life expectancy, cause of death, high blood pressure, malnutrition, the availability of clean water, and tobacco use.

Germany, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, and Greece round out the top 15 slots, while Slovakia, Barbados, Oman, Panama, and Albania found themselves among the least healthy in the top 50 countries.

This list ranks the healthiest nations in the world — The world’s 25 healthiest countries, 2017

  1. Italy
  2. Iceland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Singapore

  5. Australia
  6. Spain
  7. Japan
  8. Sweden
  9. Israel
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Norway
  12. Austria
  13. Netherlands
  14. France

  15. Finland
  16. Germany

  17. Canada
  18. Cyprus
  19. New Zealand
  20. Greece

  21. Portugal
  22. Ireland
  23. UK

  24. South Korea
  25. Malta


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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is chief executive and editorial director of The CEOWORLD magazine, overseeing the organization’s news and features departments.

Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, The CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders every day.

Dr. Amarendra holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School in France; a Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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