Healthiest Countries 2019

All countries aren’t created equal, and there are a variety of factors that contribute to healthy, happy countries – as well as factors that contribute to unhealthy countries. Typically, the healthiest countries are those that are developed. These countries have lower rates of pollution, access to quality health care, and access to clean, safe drinking water. Unhealthy countries, on the other hand, do not have access to clean drinking water or any type of health care. Diseases run rampant. Pollution may be high, leading to health problems, illnesses and death. The life expectancy of the residents of these countries is low, and infant mortality is high. Quality of life is dramatically lower than in the more developed countries.

The Bloomberg Global Health Index takes a look at several of these factors to rank the healthiest (and unhealthiest) countries in the world. The factors that are used to rank the countries include:

  • Health risks (tobacco use, high blood pressure, obesity)
  • Availability of clean water
  • Life expectancy
  • Malnutrition
  • Causes of death

Using these factors, each country is given a rating out of a top score of 100. According to the 2019 ranking, Spain is considered to have the healthiest people in the world with a score of 92.75. Spain boasts a life expectancy of 83.5 years, which is expected to rise to 85.8 by 2040 and be the highest in the world.

Although Spain is known for smoking, drinking a lot of wine, and staying up late, their everyday diet and lifestyle choices sets them above the rest. Spain’s diet is a Mediterranean diet filled with healthy fats and legumes, and less red meat and processed foods. Spaniards also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and walk almost everywhere that they can. Spain has the highest percentage of walkers in Europe, with 37% of them walking to work instead of driving (only 6% of Americans walk to work). Additionally, Spain’s universal healthcare program is very successful, and they have managed to lower their rate of preventable deaths to 45.4 preventable deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Other countries that ranked high for health include Italy, Iceland, Japan and Switzerland. Factors including outdoor activities and exercise, high-quality health care and healthy diets are just a few of the things that contribute to these nations’ healthier lifestyles and higher life expectancies.

The top 10 healthiest countries according to the Bloomberg Global Health Index are listed below in the order they were ranked.

Flag Country Health Grade Population 2019
Spain92.7546,736,776
Italy91.5960,550,075
Iceland91.44339,031
Japan91.38126,860,301
Switzerland90.938,591,365
Sweden90.2410,036,379
Australia89.7525,203,198
Singapore89.295,804,337
Norway89.095,378,857
Israel88.158,519,377
Luxembourg87.39615,729
France86.9465,129,728
Austria86.38,955,102
Finland85.895,532,156
Netherlands85.8617,097,130
Canada85.737,411,047
South Korea85.4151,225,308
New Zealand85.064,783,063
United Kingdom84.2867,530,172
Ireland84.064,882,495
Cyprus83.581,198,575
Portugal83.110,226,187
Germany83.0683,517,045
Slovenia82.722,078,654
Denmark82.695,771,876
Greece82.2910,473,455
Malta81.7440,372
Belgium80.4611,539,328
Czech Republic77.5910,689,209
Cuba74.6611,333,483
Croatia73.364,130,304
Estonia73.321,325,648
Costa Rica73.215,047,561
Chile73.2118,952,038
United States73.02329,064,917
Bahrain72.311,641,172
Qatar71.972,832,067
Maldives70.95530,953
Lebanon70.536,855,713
Poland70.2537,887,768
Montenegro69.69627,987
Bosnia And Herzegovina69.663,301,000
Albania68.042,880,917
Brunei67.96433,285
Slovakia67.285,457,013
United Arab Emirates67.149,770,529
Uruguay65.663,461,734
Hungary64.439,684,679
Oman64.074,974,986
Panama64.014,246,439
Turkey62.8183,429,615
China62.521,433,783,686
Mexico62.09127,575,529
Argentina61.1944,780,677
Serbia60.998,772,235