OFFICIAL: Spain is the world’s healthiest country

According to the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, Spain now ranks number one out of 169 countries when it comes to overall health.

In the 2019 report, Spain rose from 6th place to first, beating out Italy who topped the list the last time it was published in 2017.

The UK meanwhile ranks 19th a rise of four places while the United States dropped one place from 34th to 35th due to an increase in suicides and drug overdoses.

This year’s report saw four other European counties make into the top ten: Iceland (third), Switzerland (fifth), Sweden (sixth) and Norway (ninth).

The Bloomberg Index is based on variables such as longevity, sanitation, diet and standard of healthcare while penalizing health risks such as tobacco use and obesity.

Currently, Spain is on track to overtake Japan for life expectancy thanks to its Mediterranean diet and excellent National Health Service.

Researchers say that Spaniards love of nuts and the use of olive oil has led to a reduced rate of major cardiovascular events.

The Bloomberg Index also pointed to Spain’s public access to free healthcare and preventive medicine leading to a decline in cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer.

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