Maybe it’s something in the paella, turron, or gazpacho, Spain has been crowned the healthiest country in the world, according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. Italy slipped to the second spot.
The rest of the top ten was completed by Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Norway, and Israel.
Seven additional European nations were among the top 20 in 2019: Luxembourg (11th place), France (12th), Austria (13th), Finland (14th), the Netherlands (15th), the United Kingdom(19th), and Ireland (20th). Canada, South Korea, and New Zealand rounded out the top 20 at 16th, 17th, and 18th place.
Japan was the healthiest country in the Indo-Pacific region, while Australia and Singapore placed 7th and 8th, respectively. The index grades countries based on variables including life expectancy while imposing penalties on risks such as tobacco use and obesity.
These are the world’s top 50 healthiest countries, 2019:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
- Costa Rica
- United States
- Bosnia & Herzegovenia
- United Arab Emirates
Top 20 healthiest countries in the world for 2019: