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Which are the healthiest nations in the world?

The world’s healthiest and unhealthiest countries have been revealed in a global league table.

Singapore topped the charts of 149 countries followed by Luxembourg, while the bottom ten consisted solely of African nations. 

The UK, US and Australia did not feature in the top ten, according to the research by the Legatum Institute.

Experts have today warned health improvements are starting to ‘flat-line’ – despite advances in recent decades.

Singapore topped the charts of 149 countries followed by Luxembourg, while the bottom ten consisted solely of African nations

The report, published today, judged countries on their healthcare systems, level of disease, obesity rates and other measures.

The annual prosperity index breaks down the best and worst places to live around the world for nine categories in total. One category is health. 

Australia was the best performing of the major Western countries, ranking 12th, according to the research by the London-based education charity.

It was then followed by New Zealand (17th) Canada (21st), the UK (26th) and the US (35th).

Japan featured in the top ten healthiest countries, as did Qatar, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Norway all also featured in the top ten. 

The quality of life of people globally is rising but the gaps between the best and worst is wider than ever, experts warn, showing huge inequalities in health, finance, politics, education and safety and security. 

Singapore was ranked the healthiest country in the world followed by Luxembourg and Japan, in the Legatum Prosperity Index released today 

Singapore was ranked the healthiest country in the world followed by Luxembourg and Japan, in the Legatum Prosperity Index released today 

On the entire index, the UK was rated the seventh most successful country in the world. But health is the country’s achilles heel.

The US also struggled to do well in the health category, which was its second worst performing area – after safety and security in which it ranked 43rd.  

The Central African Republic fared worst, with Chad, Guinea, Madagascar, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Niger and Uganda in tow.

‘Having risen strongly at the beginning of the last decade, world health is now beginning to flat-line,’ said the report. 

‘The long-term trends of rising life expectancy and increased access to basic sanitation continue, particularly noticeable in the Asia-Pacific region.

‘But these effects have been offset by more people reporting health problems and higher reported incidences of sadness and worry.’

The ranking was produced by measuring life and death-related factors like life expectancy, perceptions of health problems, vaccination rates, tuberculosis, obesity and diabetes.

And it also took into account feelings of joy, sadness, and worry, people’s satisfaction with their country’s healthcare, and the quality of sanitation facilities.

Big movers include Zimbabwe, which had the biggest increase in life expectancy, with it rising 15 years in the last decade. 

THE HEALTHIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

  1. Singapore
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Japan
  4. Switzerland
  5. Qatar
  6. Austria
  7. Sweden
  8. Norway
  9. Hong Kong
  10. United Arab Emirates

Source: The Legatum Prosperity Index 2018

THE LEAST HEALTHY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

  1. Central African Republic
  2. Chad
  3. Guinea
  4. Madagascar
  5. Benin
  6. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  7. Nigeria
  8. Sierra Leone
  9. Niger 
  10. Uganda

Source: The Legatum Prosperity Index 2018 

Laos, India and Tajikistan have had the best recent increase in the quality of their healthcare systems.

On the negative side, people in eastern Europe are the least satisfied with their healthcare of anyone in the world.

And nine out of 10 of the world’s most obese nations are all in the Middle East and North Africa.

The other is the US, where 36 per cent of people are dangerously overweight.

Other measures included on the Legatum Prosperity Index were economic quality, business environment, governance, personal freedom, social capital, safety and security, education, health and natural environment.

Each country was ranked by each of these measures – the top three overall were Norway, New Zealand and Finland.

And at the bottom were Afghanistan, Central African Republic and Yemen. 

Baroness Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute said: ‘The very good news is that we see prosperity continuing to rise in the world, both over the last year and consistently over the last 11 years.

‘The news is not all good, however. 

‘The gap between the highest and lowest prosperity scores is the largest since we began measuring it in 2007, having grown steadily since 2013, when the highest and lowest scores were the closest together.’

ALL 149 COUNTRIES RANKED IN ORDER OF HEALTHIEST TO LEAST HEALTHY
Health rank 2018 Country Health rank 2018 Country
1 Singapore 76 Bulgaria
2 Luxembourg 77 Latvia
3 Japan 78 Macedonia
4 Switzerland 79 Vietnam
5 Qatar 80 Algeria
6 Austria 81 Romania
7 Sweden 82 Dominican Republic
8 Norway 83 Venezuela
9 Hong Kong 84 Belize
10 United Arab Emirates 85 Tunisia
11 Netherlands 86 Serbia
12 Australia 87 Botswana
13 Belgium 88 Peru
14 Iceland 89 Guyana
15 France 90 Russia
16 Israel 91 Morocco
17 New Zealand 92 Armenia
18 Denmark 93 Georgia
19 South Korea 94 Indonesia
20 Malta 95 Rwanda
21 Canada 96 Guatemala
22 Spain 97 Laos
23 Bahrain 98 Philippines
24 Germany 99 Montenegro
25 Finland 100 Bangladesh
26 United Kingdom 101 Egypt
27 Ireland 102 Mongolia
28 Czech Republic 103 Swaziland
29 Costa Rica 104 Moldova
30 Cyprus 105 Bolivia
31 Kuwait 106 Zimbabwe
32 Thailand 107 Cambodia
33 Oman 108 Namibia
34 Slovenia 109 India
35 United States 110 Senegal
36 Slovakia 111 Djibouti
37 Portugal 112 Burundi
38 Malaysia 113 Nepal
39 Italy 114 Ghana
40 Saudi Arabia 115 Comoros
41 Poland 116 Lesotho
42 Uruguay 117 Kenya
43 Hungary 118 South Africa
44 Estonia 119 Malawi
45 Mauritius 120 Burkina Faso
46 Greece 121 Tanzania
47 Paraguay 122 Pakistan
48 Albania 123 Mauritania
49 Sri Lanka 124 Gabon
50 Turkey 125 Zambia
51 Chile 126 Sudan
52 Mexico 127 Yemen
53 Jamaica 128 Iraq
54 China 129 Mali
55 Nicaragua 130 Cameroon
56 Libya 131 Togo
57 Argentina 132 Ivory Coast
58 El Salvador 133 Congo
59 Suriname 134 Mozambique
60 Croatia 135 Afghanistan
61 Ecuador 136 Liberia
62 Iran 137 Ukraine
63 Trinidad and Tobago 138 Ethiopia
64 Colombia 139 Angola
65 Kyrgyzstan 140 Uganda
66 Jordan 141 Niger
67 Honduras 142 Sierra Leone
68 Kazakhstan 143 Nigeria
69 Azerbaijan 144 Democratic Republic of Congo
70 Panama 145 Benin
71 Lebanon 146 Madagascar
72 Lithuania 147 Guinea
73 Brazil 148 Chad
74 Tajikistan 149 Central African Republic
75 Belarus Source: Legatum Institute

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