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Healthiest Country in The World

Well done to those living in Singapore and following a healthy lifestyle! The island city-state has been ranked as the world’s healthiest country, followed by Italy in the 2nd place, and Australia in 3rd.

The recent Bloomberg rankings considered health-risks and factors like life expectancy from birth, causes of death, smoking, high cholesterol, and number of immunizations.  According to the results, Singapore is the healthiest place on the planet, with an overall health grade of 89.45%; closely followed by Italy who ranked second with 89.07%, and Australia came third with 88.33%. But what are the secrets of these countries to make it in the top of the healthiest places in the world? Take a look!  

Top 10 Healthiest Countries

1.    Singapore
In first place, we have Singapore, which has one of the best life expectancy rates in the world. Singaporeans have a remarkably efficient healthcare system and effective chronic disease management, where efforts are put into early prevention and detection, as well as close monitoring by doctors. Their diet is rich in vegetables, hearty meats and fish. The city-state has also a fine system of regulations for keeping the environment healthy and clean, making the hygiene of the state one of the best in the planet.

2.    Italy
Italy has an efficient healthcare system: in spite of reported long lines and waiting times; Italians show a great deal of satisfaction with the quality of medical care in the country. In addition, Italians have a hearty diet; rich in fish, fresh vegetables and fruit, and they use olive oil in cooking. A healthy component in this diet is garlic, which has great health benefits like lowering the chance of heart disease and helping to prevent strokes. On top of this, Italians in towns often go for walks after dinner with friends and relatives – a healthy habit that adds to their well-being!

3.    Australia
Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, accompanied by decreasing smoking and death rates, which have been dropping over the years. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has reported that not only people in Australia are living longer, but are living with more years free of disability. Some of the factors that are helping are: an increasingly innovative and sophisticated health care, the fact that Australians use plenty of local natural foods, and the emphasis on sports as part of their culture. 

The next countries ranking the TOP 10
4.       Switzerland
5.       Japan
6.       Israel
7.       Spain
8.       Netherlands
9.       Sweden
10.     Germany

This article was featured on our Cigna Global customer magazine, Your Health Matters - Summer Edition 2016