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The World’s 10 Healthiest Countries

The World’s 10 Healthiest Countries

Who lives the longest and why? Let’s take
a look at the top 10 countries with the healthiest citizens, based on a variety of factors and
find out exactly what they’re doing right. 10. First up with a life expectancy of 81.5
years is the Netherlands. The Netherlands is widely regarded to offer one of the highest
standards of living in the world. This is largely due to the countries’ relatively
low food prices and a diet that places emphasis on vegetables, fruit and dairy products. A
popular and highly nutritious meal in the Netherlands is a Dutch Pea Soup called Snert,
stuffed full of vegetables. 9. At 9 is Canada. Amazingly Canada has one
of the lowest number of doctors per capita of any country in this video. With only 2.1
doctors for every 1,000 citizens. Yet Canadians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies
in the world at an average of 82.5 years. 8. At 8 is Australia, with a life expectancy
of 83. Australians have one of the best health care systems in the world. Down under, insurance
companies are required to charge policyholders the exact same premium, regardless of their
age, gender or history. Meaning no matter who you are or what you’ve done you will
pay the same as everyone else for your health insurance. 7. At 7 is Switzerland, the Swiss have a life
expectancy of 82.8. The Swiss healthcare system has been named the best in the world on many
occasions. Naturally this helps, but the Swiss are also lucky enough to be nestled right
in the heart of the Alps which means sports such as hiking and skiing are prevalent, helping
to keep the Swiss people fit and healthy all year round. 6. At 6 is Germany. Germans pay handsomely
for their healthcare. 11.3% of the country’s GDP is spent on healthcare. There is no waiting
for appointments in Germany and until very recently you didn’t even have to pay for
your taxi ride to the hospital. 5. At 5 is Finland. This may come as a surprise,
because 35 years ago Finland was one of the world’s unhealthiest nations. And the country
actually held the global record for the highest numbers of heart disease. But this shocked
the Finnish Government into action. The Government launched a full blown campaign to dramatically
improve people’s health by encouraging an active lifestyle and promoting fruit and vegetable
intake. And it worked, present day Finland is a very different place and rates of cardiovascular
heart disease have since dropped by over 65%. 4. at 4 is Sweden. Sweden can owe most of
it’s success to an emphasis on staying active. The Swedish government invests a lot of money
in building new cycle routes and encouraging people to get out of their cars and cycle
instead. Some Swedish GPs even give patients “exercise on prescription”. Sweden also
has one of the lowest air pollution rates in the world. 3. At 3 is Iceland. With all the countries
beautiful mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls it’s no surprise that the
Icelandic love to spend plenty of time enjoying the great outdoors. But the main reason Iceland
is so high on this list is because they eat practically zero processed food, choosing
to eat exclusively locally grown food, even their organic food is considerably less processed
than in the US and UK, Icelandic food is considered by many to be the purest on the planet. People
don’t buy their produce from industrial farms in Iceland, they instead buy from local
family farms. The country has a strong lineage of hunting, fishing and foraging, it’s what’s
sustained Iceland for centuries, and to a large extent still does to this day. And to
top it off Iceland is also one of the least polluted countries in the world. 2. At 2 is Japan. Japan has been considered
for many years to be the world’s healthiest country. Obesity is virtually non-existent
in the country. And they owe it to the Japanese tradition of exercising strict portion control
and eating a wide variety of foods. The Japanese also choose the right foods to eat, such as
nutrient-rich soy and they are one of the world’s largest consumers of omega-3 rich
fish. A typical meal in Japan consists of up to six teacup-sized portions of different
foods, and a lot of vegetables. The Japanese aim to eat at 30-40 different things every
day, so they get a large variety of nutrients and vitamins. Seaweed is also a major component
in the Japanese diet, highly regarded by the Japanese for its health properties. Up to
6 varieties of seaweed are eaten every day by the average Japanese citizen. The Japanese
enjoy a life expectancy of 84.6. 1. At 1 is Okinawa Island. Okay it’s not
actually a country, it’s a small island belonging to Japan, south of the Japanese
mainland. Okinawa Island has the highest percentage of centenarians, that’s people over 100
years old, of anywhere in the world. It’s considered by many to be the healthiest place
in the world. They share the same healthy diet of fish, rice and vegetables as the rest
of Japan, but the Okinawans, have another ace up their sleeves, they claim the biggest
reason for their longevity is their happiness and lack of stress. A lot of elderly in the
West are struggling to survive on small pensions with physical pains and find the whole process
of ageing generally quite stressful. But not the Okinawans, they stay active even at 100
plus and have a child-like zeal towards life, stress just doesn’t seem to exist on Okinawa

100 comments on “The World’s 10 Healthiest Countries

  1. I can tell that you have never been to Iceland because you got it all wrong. 90% of people I know just go to the supermarket to buy food not "family farms".

  2. This is not healthiest country this is the best health care system a healthy country is the one who scores the lowest morbidities per inhabitant not how good their medical services are

  3. I'm sitting here hoping that new Zealand was on this list I still don't know but I live in New Zealand

  4. I think the Hunzas in the mountains of Pakistan live a lot longer than the Okinawans . Part of the reason for that might be that contrary to popular belief, living at the top of the mountains, their water has less time to absorb inorganic minerals which humans can't digest easily. We are supposed to get our minerals from plant/organic sources. They also eat a simple diet, lots of raw food including apricots and go to bed at sunset and awake at sun rise.

    I bet seaweed is the game changer in Japan. Certainly fish and rice are nowhere close to the top of the list of health foods.

    Finland's experience with a 65 percent reduction in heart disease after promoting raw fruit and vegetables is PROOF they(raw fruit and veggies) are the winners when it comes to consuming the most healthful food. The only thing they could do to improve it even more is consume difference seaweed like the Japanese and drink plain mineral free water like the Hunzas

  5. Holy crap Sweden is on the list :O
    Didn't expect that but I did expect Canada and Finland. even Iceland but I also thought Norway would be here. Japan was quite obvious but I did expect Japan to be #1 though.

  6. Southeast asia would've dominated the list if it wasn't for those Fake chinese Your probably gonna die after you eat them Food

  7. The presence of Sweden on this list is a no surprise for me. The man who helped me to transform my body was a Swedish. He eventually helped me to lose 12 kg and to become fat to fit.

  8. I live in Thunder bay Ontario Canada and everybody is obese here and dying young both my grandparents died when they were 60 and people who are 80 have alzmers

  9. Sorry but there's no such thing as a healthy country anymore not since they started filling our skies with toxins from chemtrails that hit the ground when it rains even if your fruit and veggies are organic they still have toxins in them from the rain helping them to grow, that mixed in with radiation levels be beyond what's allowed in certain parts of the world that gets into the air and oceans killing or polluting our bird and sea life, then there's high levels of both chlorine and fluoride dumped into most of the worlds water supply, I'd pretty much say on the whole most of the planet is screwed, so don't waste your time on bullshit videos like this

  10. if only America could be on this list but because of Houston we can't be on this list because of them because they always double up on everything even junk food which is why people are so big in America which is why everything is bigger in TEXAS and I should cut Houston some slack because i'm from Houston so got to be supportive

  11. I thought China is most health food in the world . But I’m not sure , cuz japan food are same as China but more good sweet .

  12. I live In Canada and erm…It isn’t very healthy,not healthy at all actually,I just feel like people are overeating Canada a bit too much.

  13. Freaking Sweden. Why do they always have to be just a bit better then Germany? 😀
    Love (and hate) from Berlin. 🙂

  14. Could it be the practice of meditation that results in living a stress free life? I think so since both Buddhism and Daoism is practiced in most of the Asian countries. So dear internet people, do yourself a favor and meditate!

  15. The question to ask is, who made these stats? I’m guessing a English speaking European country bc when I search this same question in Arabic I get a whole different list of country’s and non are in Europe hmm. Europe is famous for cancer and early deaths.

  16. Canada you kidding everyone is depressed in Canada and USA and everyone is unhealthy with Mac Donald for every meal there’s more fast food restaurants than trees

  17. Funny that France does not appear on the list reaching up to 85/86 years old life expectancy for women (79.5 for men) so roughly 83 years on average, fruit, vegs, cheese, home cooked meals, wine and good healthcare being a large contributor.

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