If there’s something western Europeans pride themselves in, that’s their healthcare system. Spain, France, Greece and Italy have some of the best and cheapest, top-quality health care systems in the world which, along with their nutritive and balanced Mediterranean diet, place them as some of the most hearty countries on the planet. These are some of the healthiest major cities in the old continent:
Number Seven: Rome
Italy’s Servizio Sanitario Nazionale offers universal healthcare coverage to Italian and EU residents, and counts with a very elevated number of doctors per capita. Rome, its capital city, has the most number of hospitals and clinics (public and private) in the country. In addition, Italy has one of the lowest obesity rates in Europe and the world (just 9%, compared to 32% of Americans.)
Number Six: Lyon
Without a doubt, the French have one of the most balanced diets in terms of how healthy it is while also being savory. Living in one of the biggest and busiest cities in Europe, Parisians don’t always have enough time to eat healthily and work out regularly. Lyon, on the other hand, has a much more relaxed atmosphere and excellent health facilities. France ranks first on the list of the best healthcare systems in the world.
Number Five: Monte Carlo
The small Mediterranean state of Monaco has the lowest child mortality in the world (1.82 deaths per 1,000 births,) and the second highest doctor per capita rate. Monte Carlo, one of the richest cities in the continent, has some of the most advanced health technology and numerous sanitary staff.
Number Four: Zurich
Switzerland has one of the best education systems in Europe and the world, which places strong emphasis on medical and scientific research. In return, the country possesses one of the highest physician per capita rate, and it comes 13th in the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people (4.87.)
Number Three: Stockholm
The Swedish capital goes big on fresh and organic foods. In addition, Swedes work out more than anyone else in Europe, with seven out of ten citizens estimated to hit the gym on a weekly basis. Only 9% of the population never works out at all, compared to Bulgaria’s 78%.
Number Two: Madrid
Spain is the place to be for good food lovers and those who just want to relax. Their olive oil and siesta lifestyle, in addition to their prime healthcare system (the 7th best in the world, according to the World Health Organization,) makes the southern European country one of the healthiest in the old continent.
Number One: Copenhagen
Copenhagen has been recently ranked the healthiest city in the world, and there are numerous reasons to back it up. For start, just 2% of all employees in the city work 40 or more hours a week, resulting in a stress-free population. With so much spare time to dedicate to their favorite activities, Denmark has become the happiest nation in the world, according to the World Happiness Report. Denmark’s walking/biking culture, fresh food and exceptional healthcare system are other contributing factors to Copenhagen’s good health state. Thanks for reading!