The 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index was just released. The gauge ranks 169 economies “according to factors that contribute to overall health.” This year’s winner turned out to be Spain. Unfortunately, Hungary is not among the healthiest countries.
The index analyzes, among other things, life expectancy, access to clean water, the condition of public health, eating habits, smoking and obesity.
Spain moved up from sixth place in 2017, to first this year. Italy was last year’s winner but has since dropped into second place.
Although Hungary is in 48th place, there are some European countries in the top 10: Iceland (third place), Switzerland (fifth place), Sweden (sixth place) and Norway (ninth place). Hungary’s neighboring countries are also ranked higher: Austria is in 13th place and Slovenia and Slovakia are ranked 24th and 45th. Poland is 40th, the Czech Republic is 30th and Croatia is 39th. Serbia is ranked behind Hungary in 55th place, and Romania is not listed.
featured image: illustration; via Márton Mónus/MTI