Singapore voted world's healthiest country while Ireland takes a top 20 spot
Singapore has been named the world’s healthiest country while Ireland took the 19th spot, according to a list which ranks countries using data from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation.
The Bloomberg rankings gave each country with a population of 1 million or more a health score and a health-risk score.
Each country’s place was calculated by subtracting their risk score from their health score.
The health score is based on factors such as life expectancy from birth and causes of death, while health-risk is based on factors which could impede health such as the proportion of young people who smoke, the number of people with raised cholesterol and the number of immunisations.
Singapore came top with an overall score of 89.45 per cent, Italy ranked second healthiest with 89.07 per cent, and Australia came third with 88.33 per cent.
Ireland just made the the top 20, ranking at number 19, ahead of the UK which came in at number 21.
At the other end of the scale, the African country of Swaziland was named the least healthiest country in the world, scoring an overall grade of just 0.26 per cent.
African nations dominated the bottom of the list with Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Mozambique falling in the bottom 10.
The word “healthy”, however, is open to interpretation, the World Economic Forum stress, saying a ranking defining “healthy” by "quality of life" rather than "life expectancy" might include lower-income countries which report higher levels of life satisfaction.
The healthiest countries in the world:
The least healthiest countries in the world:
3. Democratic Republic of Congo