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Andorrans Live Longer: Is It the Peace, Cheese and Wine?

Andorra is a small country that sits between France and Spain. For more than 700 years, Andorrans lived under a co-principality ruled by French and Spanish leaders, but today, it has its own democracy and prospers through tourism. So what's so special about the area besides its picturesque mountains and unique history?

Andorrans' average life expectancy is 83.5, which is the highest in the world according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the current population of 83,000 works in the tourist-related industry or in a bank — an estimated 11.6 million tourists visit annually, presumably attracted by Andorra's landscapes, duty-free status and by Summer and Winter resorts.

A journalist for the BBC recently took a trip to the region to explore how daily life might factor into the country's healthy lifespan. To check out a list of things he discovered,


  • Andorrans stay active — Andorra has seven parishes and seven state-of-the-art public leisure centers (there are many more private ones). Free transport is provided there from the town center every 15 minutes during the day.
  • They have a quality public health system — Andorrans have what the WHO ranks as the third-best public health system in the world to maintain them.
  • They have a healthy, Mediterranean diet — A head chef from just outside the capital La Vella claims customers want "healthy food and they can tell what is healthy."
  • Stress of crime? What crime? — There are almost non-existent crime levels in Andorra. Minister and government spokesman, Juli Minoves says there is a single prison with about 50 inmates. (Interesting note: The country has no army! Defense is the responsibility of France and Spain.)
  • Andorrans are not afraid to indulge — Cigarettes are apparently smoked everywhere, by the old and young. Wine is appreciated even in the hospital canteen.


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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Oh my G-d, Jude. You are making my stomach grumble. Damn you! :P
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This post makes me want a plate of carpaccio with some nice parmesan cheese, drizzled with olive oil and served with a bottle of good wine. Damn you people! :feedme:
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Mmmmm wine and cheese :drink: :drool: That sounds like a great life to me!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
This is the dumbest argument ever. GS loves wine. It was clearly a joke. We can find insult in everything if we dig hard enough. Here GS have a virgin cocktail. :prego: :cocktail: Back to topic. I adore cheese and wine. I also love salami, french bread, and grapes. I would eat nothing but that if I could.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Whoa. This thread went downhill real fast. Can we get back to talking about yummy cheese and wine? Pretty please? :please: Thanks for the history GS, I really love wine culture and history too...and living in Northern Ca I get a lot of chances to learn! And for what it's worth, I knew you were kidding as well. :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think that every conservative on this site has "crossed paths" with carrie.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I feel like I am taking crazy pills.
audreystar audreystar 8 years
Same here. Daring to say something makes everything so high school to you. I am done as well. Going back to reading and not commenting on the Citizen threads.
audreystar audreystar 8 years
You aren't going to respond? Well that is a first. And you have crossed paths with CarrieFrances many times. She changed her name but seeing how she was in that thread yesterday about the Bush video I have a hard time believing this "haven't crossed paths" statement. And Jude no problem. This is something that has been happening for a few months. There is some history.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:oy: For the record everyone, I dared be an "outsider" and go into a public thread and not share group think. Now, I am stalking them. :oy: They are the inspiration for my icon.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I have been carriefrances until yesterday.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Audrey, the first time and only time I have ever crossed paths with sexylibrarian was in that one thread yesterday. This is getting downright ridiculous. I will no longer respond to your because that is just too juvenile.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
GS I did feel you were being contrary just for the sake of doing so.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:shrug: I've not paid enough attention to see that happen (one poster following another around just to antagonize them), but there's plenty on here for us all to disagree about along party lines anyway. I just think that in this case, since GS is a very tall sommelier, that one specific comment was clearly a joke and not a snide rebuttal :)
audreystar audreystar 8 years
You don't?
audreystar audreystar 8 years
Well Jude I would agree to disagree seeing how the history between GS and SL and how she follows her around antagonizing her. I have found using the wink smiley also makes it appear as a joke when all in actuality it is usually a snide rebuttal disguised as a "joke". I am considering the "source" on this one.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Audrey, wine is my bread and butter. I don't see where you are trying to go with this.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Audrey, :?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
In defense of GS, that was pretty clearly a joke--not just because of her sommelier thing, but because of the winky ;) she put.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My parents were very european about alcohol. I was allowed to have wine with meals starting at about 13 or 14. I absolutely fell in love with it. And the history of it and science behind it blow my mind. It really is an art too. So, went to college and eventually became the manager of a vineyard. Decided to open my own wine consulting company and here I am. I technically am no longer a sommelier.
audreystar audreystar 8 years
I do comment here. Just not enough to be top talker and I do know that so I am not an outsider. And the go to excuse when caught on something you do wrong is to say it is a joke.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
GS how'd you get into the sommelier thing anyway? Just curious :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And if you are talking about the growth comment, I am 6'2" so it was a joke. As you referred to me in your group as an outsider, I will say that if you commented here often you would know that.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
look up what Sommelier means.
audreystar audreystar 8 years
You disagreed with SL's wine and cheese comment. It isn't confusing.
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