The United Kingdom Ranked 19th Healthiest Country In The World
The United Kingdom is the 19th healthiest country in the world — 16 spots ahead of the United States. The United Kingdom, home to 66 million people, rose four places to 19th.
The ranking sees the U.K. beat countries like Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, and the United States.
Italy is officially the world’s second healthiest country, narrowly beaten to the top spot by Spain. The rest of the top 10, in order, are Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Singapore, and Norway. The U.K. placed 19th, mainly in part to its high obesity rate.
Spain is also expected to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040, according to a University of Washington study.
The analysis of World Health Organization data by Bloomberg, ranked 169 countries based on factors such as life expectancy and access to sanitation and medical care.
The top 20 healthiest countries, according to the report, were:
- Spain (up from No. 6)
- Italy (down from No. 1)
- Iceland (down from No. 2)
- Japan (up from No. 7)
- Switzerland (down from No. 3)
- Sweden (up from No. 8)
- Australia (down from No. 5)
- Singapore (down from No. 4)
- Norway (up from No. 11)
- Israel (down from No. 9)
- Luxembourg (down from No. 10)
- France (up from No. 14)
- Austria (down from No. 12)
- Finland (up from No. 15)
- Netherlands (down from No. 16)
- Canada (up from No. 17)
- South Korea (up from No. 24)
- New Zealand (up from No. 19)
- United Kingdom (up from No. 23)
- Ireland (up from No. 22)
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