Healthiest Countries 2020

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.

Healthiest Countries 2020

Flag Country Health Grade Population 2020
Spain92.7546,754,778
Italy91.5960,461,826
Iceland91.44341,243
Japan91.38126,476,461
Switzerland90.938,654,622
Sweden90.2410,099,265
Australia89.7525,499,884
Singapore89.295,850,342
Norway89.095,421,241
Israel88.158,655,535
Luxembourg87.39625,978
France86.9465,273,511
Austria86.39,006,398
Finland85.895,540,720
Netherlands85.8617,134,872
Canada85.737,742,154
South Korea85.4151,269,185
New Zealand85.064,822,233
United Kingdom84.2867,886,011
Ireland84.064,937,786
Cyprus83.581,207,359
Portugal83.110,196,709
Germany83.0683,783,942
Slovenia82.722,078,938
Denmark82.695,792,202
Greece82.2910,423,054
Malta81.7441,543
Belgium80.4611,589,623
Czech Republic77.5910,708,981
Cuba74.6611,326,616
Croatia73.364,105,267
Estonia73.321,326,535
Costa Rica73.215,094,118
Chile73.2119,116,201
United States73.02331,002,651
Bahrain72.311,701,575
Qatar71.972,881,053
Maldives70.95540,544
Lebanon70.536,825,445
Poland70.2537,846,611
Montenegro69.69628,066
Bosnia And Herzegovina69.663,280,819
Albania68.042,877,797
Brunei67.96437,479
Slovakia67.285,459,642
United Arab Emirates67.149,890,402
Uruguay65.663,473,730
Hungary64.439,660,351
Oman64.075,106,626
Panama64.014,314,767
Turkey62.8184,339,067
China62.521,439,323,776
Mexico62.09128,932,753
Argentina61.1945,195,774
Serbia60.998,737,371