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The Healthiest Countries in the World

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1. Qatar
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  • Life expectancy: 77.6
  • Infant mortality rate: 7.0 
  • Health expenditure per capita: $2,029
  • Unemployment rate: 0.5%

A good life expectancy, low infant mortality rate and high spending on healthcare contribute to Qatar’s top billing in this list. Qatar also has more than 7 physicians per 1,000 people, the highest in the world. Qatar does have a problem with obesity, however: its obesity rate is the second highest in the world.

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See Also: The happiest countries in the world

Which are the healthiest countries in the world? To answer this question, analysts at 24/7 Wall St. analysed 174 nations for a wide range of factors such as life expectancy, infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births, health expenditure per capita and unemployment rate, amongst others such as health behaviours, access to health services and economic factors. Measures of health are complex and cannot be determined by a single measure such as life expectancy (click here to learn about the methodology employed).

The research is useful because it highlights that a range of factors such as spending on healthcare, infrastructure, the economy, health indicators and access to medical and other vital services is required to capture the complexity of a nation’s health. Likewise, no single measure can explain an outcome such as longevity - factors such as smoking and obesity were not absent in the healthiest countries, for example.

In what may surprise many, Qatar leads the way as the healthiest country in the world (with Sudan being the least healthy), but which other countries make the top ten? Have a look below.

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