Spain took out the top spot for the healthiest country in the world for 2019, narrowly beating out Italy. Australia came in at 7th spot, securing our place due to our access to health services and our relatively high life expectancy. The list was created by the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries based on factors that contribute to overall health.
Researchers graded the countries on various factors including environmental issues, life expectancy, eating habits, obesity and tobacco use. It was said that the Mediterranean diet may be the key for why Spain and Italy are the top two countries who experience good health.
Spain has the highest life expectancy at birth among European Union nations and by 2040 is forecast to have the highest lifespan, at almost 86 years. Australia faired relatively well in regards to life expectancy; 80 years for men and 84 for women. Though Australia did get knocked down a few spots from when 2017’s list was published, due to subpar lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.
The top 10 healthiest nations, according to the report, were:
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