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World's Healthiest Countries

World's Healthiest Countries

You may think that you live in a pretty healthy country, but do you really? has done some research by examining statistics per country such as pollution, the percentage of a country's population with access to improved drinking water and sanitation, infant mortality rates, the rate of prevalence of tuberculosis, the density of physicians per 1,000 people, undernourishment rates, and healthy life expectancy for men at birth to find how countries rank, healthwise. From all that they compiled a list of the World's healthiest countries. Does your country make the cut?

  1. Iceland
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. Germany
  5. Switzerland

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  1. Australia
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada
  4. Austria
  5. Netherlands
  6. United States
  7. Israel
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Spain
  10. France


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nuskinny nuskinny 6 years
I am wondering why Italy, Greece and Costa Rica are not on the top 10?
Deliciousss Deliciousss 8 years
USA? right... super-surprise me!
Razan-i Razan-i 9 years
The top 5 did not surprise me at all , but the U.S in #11 that was as shocker !
karolinak karolinak 9 years
My country is third =)
rpenner rpenner 9 years
creepygirl - guess we should all actually read the article :) thanks for pointing that out
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Yeah I agree with everyone - I doubt this list is very accurate. But I'll take no. 8!
creepygirl creepygirl 9 years
Actually, if you read the article the ranking is determined by a bunch of different factors like pollution, rate of TB, deaths to live births and Density of doctors and health care systems. So, its actually not judging people diet or exercise regimen. The article also stated that some countries were left of the list because all the data could be gathered. So someplace like Japan where people may live longer, may have other factors like pollution or high tb rates that knocked them off this list.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Did India fall of the Earth or something, cuz we are never included ANYWHERE unless it's about vegan yoga or outsourcing, lol. I'm just glad I'm in southern California, lol.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
How did the US even get on this list?
VanillaVerena VanillaVerena 9 years
Yay! My home country is number 4! But I'd still like to know what the criteria were.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
um what about Japan? I just finished reading Japanese Women Never Get Old or Fat, and their lifestyle is FAR more healthy than US. Um, remember the big thing called obesity?? pfft. please this list is whacked.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
HAHAHAHAH, Please! The fattest country in the world (the US) is in the list of the healthiest? The criteria on that ranking is just dumb, just because there are more doctors per capita does not mean the people are healthier, hasnt anyone tought that there are a lot of physicians because of all the diseases people have? Just count the health risks that come from being overweight. Pure BS Forbes magazine.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I live in no.5, but my home country is not even on the list.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I don't know if I believe this list is very accurate.
kelly kelly 9 years
I do not believe this list AT ALL!!!!I've done some research on my own and i've learned that the life expectancy in the US is about 77 years ,in France it is about 81 (women live 84) years and in Japan the life expectancy at birth is roughly 84 years and THAT is the world highest life expectancy rate. There are a lot of inacurrencies in that list,it's BS...I wanted to post the link but i can't.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
The top 5 did not surprise me at all! I am still wondering what happened to Japan?
kelly kelly 9 years
I think that list is BS.There a lot of inacurrencies,for instance the life expectancy in France is higher than in the US etc... Here another list of the 5 healthiest countries "Healthy countries" is not the most popular information subject for mass media. Newspapers usually write about viruses, diseases or epidemics threatening the whole region at once. The American magazine "Foreign Policy" has published the rating of the five healthiest countries and explained its choice. Japan On the whole, the Japanese live longer than representatives of other nations - their average lifetime makes up 86 years. The secret of the Japanese health consists in bodily exercise and food products with a low content of cholesterol. The Japanese diet includes fish, rice and sea-weed which lower the risk of heart diseases and cancer. Fitness clubs have come in fashion in Japan. Sound health of several generations of this nation is maintained and improved due to a special state program which provides exercising before and during the workday. This program is financed by the Government. The biggest Japanese mobile operator already offers "Fitness Phone", a service of measuring daily physical exercise, to lovers of the advanced technologies. Nowadays, population health is threatened by the "western" food with its traditionally high content of fat: 7 million of the Japanese are suffering from diabetes, which spreads in Asia quicker that in other parts of the world. France France has the lowest rate of heart diseases which are considered the main reason of mortality. Specialists explain this fact by slow eating and daily consumption of a glass of wine. The French cuisine is traditionally rich in fats and carbohydrates, but it is eaten slowly, a little at a time and washed down with a moderate amount of wine. It is worth mentioning that in 2002 the World Health Organization declared France the healthiest country of the European Union. Despite the fact that many of the French die of cancer and other severe diseases, the average lifetime in France makes up 75 years for men and 83 years for women, and goes on increasing. Nowadays, obesity is declared a major problem, and a high rate of mortality caused by cancer and cardiovascular diseases is registered in France. The leadership of this country concerning the low rate of cardiovascular diseases is running the risk of becoming a negative leadership. Iceland Iceland has the lowest child mortality rate and the best antenatal care in the world. Figures speak for themselves: 2 deaths of children under five per one thousand of newborns. In the USA this rate makes up 7 children. The Icelandic Government pays for a wide range of services of mother and child medical care. Besides, it assures maintenance of 80 per cent of the mother's salary during three months. However, nowadays the Icelandic population also suffers from obesity. The country annually consumes an enormous amount of sugar per capita, mainly due to an exaggerated passion for carbonated beverages. Sweden Sweden may boast of the highest probability of survival in case of a cancer disease, as well as of an almost 100% rate of child immunization. Almost 14% of the state expenses go to healthcare and make up 85% of expenses on medical care. Besides, the 9-million population is served in modern hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest medical equipment. The Swedes believe that a comprehensive social assistance which provides everything from professional development support to street illumination lowers the population sickness rate. There still is a problem of queuing: the Swedes have to wait for reception and operations. The attempts to transfer small medical institutions to private ownership do not result in any evident progress. Cuba The island of freedom may rightly be proud of a low child mortality rate and a medium lifetime. The rate of six doctors per one thousand of Cubans is the highest rate in the world. According to the experts, a big number of doctors cannot guarantee the population health, however, in Cuba it contributes to efficiency of measures on disease prevention. Thousands of Cuban doctors annually go abroad on study tours. Due to professionalism and the state support of healthcare Cuba achieves results even Europe may be envious of. On the other hand, the focus on prevention and early diagnosis leads to the lack of drugs in the country. Besides, it is expected that openness of the Cuban society and increase in purchasing capacity of big layers of population shall stimulate the "import" of European and American diseases connected with dieting and food. It is also worth mentioning that according to the Public Organization "March of Dimes" the healthiest countries from the genetic point of view are France, Austria, Australia, Switzerland and Russia. 8 million children with severe genetic defects are born every year. It makes up 6% of the total number of newborns. The number of newborns with severe genetic effects in the most developed countries makes up from 397 to 425 per 10.000 children. The Russian rate makes up 429 per 10.000 newborns. The USA with its rate of 478 per 10.000 children occupies the 20th place, right after Cuba. The list is enclosed by Benin, Saudi Arabia and Sudan (from 779 to 820 per 10.000 newborns respectively). Among the post-Soviet countries the worst indicators are registered in Tajikistan (752), Kyrgyzstan (735) and Azerbaijan (631). We should remember that our health is influenced not only by environment, the level of medical and genetic consulting and the healthcare level on the whole. A great deal depends on every one of us: his/her culture, education and lifestyle. Iuri Tarabanov writes about interesting travel experiences. His Travel Services site is Article Source:
kelly kelly 9 years
I knew this list was weird !You guys should check this out. World life expectancy chart Another (shorter) list which is COMPLETELY different I think this list is BS...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yay number 8!!!! :WOOHOO:
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think the top few makes sense. I did expect to see Japan on there, but who knows, maybe they don't have as many dr's and other stuff like that. Hopefully the US can get on the ball here and start Doing something about our problems!
kelly kelly 9 years
I honestly think this list is NOT reliable what about Japan the life expectancy there is incredible!
melda melda 9 years
haha my country is never on any top ten other than politics lol i think they dont count us among other countries/
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 9 years
The French also have the stereotype of smoking like chimneys, and that certainly doesn't help. That being said, I'm surprised the US is so high, considering the pervasive obesity problem.
ladyrox1981 ladyrox1981 9 years
I'm surprised the U.S. is deemed healthier than France. For all that, "french women never gain weight" schtick, it's refreshing to see that they're not as healthy as the popular media might wish for you to believe.
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