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November 2, 2015 10:05 am

Israel Ranks 6th on List of World’s Healthiest Countries

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Israelis rank high on world health index. Photo: Yoav Dothan, Wikipedia.

Israelis rank high on world health index. Photo: Yoav Dothan, Wikipedia.

JNS.org – Israel is the sixth-healthiest country in the world and is the only Middle Eastern country in the top 10, according to recent world health rankings compiled by media outlet Bloomberg and reported in the British newspaper The Independent.

The rankings, compiled data from the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization, placed Singapore in first place among 145 countries, with a “health grade” of 89.45 percent. Italy came in second, followed by Australia, Switzerland, and Japan. After Israel came Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany.

The rankings were determined using a points system for positive and negative indicators of health, including life expectancy from birth, smoking rates among young people, and immunization rates.

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