10 Healthiest Cities of the world!

10 Healthiest Cities of the world!

Government officials of the cities listed in the ’10 Healthiest Cities’ have made policies that enable residents to have access to public parks, nutritious food and public transportation. Of course, without the active cooperation of the residents, no policies or laws passed by the authorities have any value. Apart from the policies, it is the residents and their healthy habits of making wellness a priority, staying active – physically and mentally, following the laws, etc is what makes these cities healthy.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Even though Copenhagen has a young, ambitious population of professionals and families, working long hours is frowned upon. Not more than 2% population of 1.2 million spend more than 40 hours a week working. This allows them to spend time with their families, have time for leisure activities and to participate and volunteer in community programs. The balance between work and family life keeps stress levels down, giving happiness levels a boost.

Okinawa, Japan

Life expectancy of women in Okinawa is 86; 13 years longer than the average. For men, the life expectancy is 78; 10 years longer than the average. Genetically speaking, they are at a lower risk for all major diseases. Although poorer compared to the general Japanese population, their life is good. They have a lean diet and a vigorous exercise routine which contributes to the longer life of its residents.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

This city has the lowest infant mortality rate – 1.81 deaths per 1,000 live births. This can be attributed to the health-care coverage of prevention, education and screening done by the country’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Quality pre- and post-natal care can also be attributed to the low infant mortality rate.

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver has some of the cleanest air in the world. This is because it has a strong public transportation system and its shift away from the car-centred culture. Their natural environment of evergreen forests helps to purify air. Apart from this, businesses have to adhere to strict environmental standards for buildings.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has been named as the most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Some of the criteria on which Melbourne scored high were low crime rate, excellent healthcare and education, tolerance towards people of different ethnicities and a bounty of cultural and sports activities.

New York, USA

In order to combat growing number of smokers in the cities, the officials of New York decided to prohibit smoking in public places. Over a period of ten years, from 2002 to 2012, the ban resulted in adult smokers reducing by 28% and high school smokers by 50%.

Jonkoping, Sweden

Sweden is one of the top few countries known for the quality life of its elderly because of income security, higher life expectancy, psychological well being, employment and education. In order to provide the care that they want to the elderly they have something called the Esther Project. It is an 88 year old imaginary woman named Esther. When they are stuck, they ask themselves the question – what is good for Esther.

Havana, Cuba

Even though the country is in miserable poverty, the average life expectancy of its resident is the same as that of a US resident which is 79 years. The infant mortality rate for Cuba is better than in America. This is being achieved when the Cuban government spends $400 dollars per person on healthcare whereas US spends almost $9,000.

How do the Cubans do it? Being a country of limited resources, it has put its money in the most cost-effective and low cost intervention – prevention. Simple things like a near 100% vaccination rate and regular health screenings help.


Ranked as one of the most efficient healthcare systems, the healthcare program of Singapore is used by 80% of its residents. Singapore spends less on healthcare because of a scheme called as Medisave by the Ministry of Health. It requires all its residents to put aside money to cover future expenses. It also provides subsidies based on income level.

Napa, USA

Napa has an abundance of healthy things – locally grown food, hiking and biking trails, etc which ensures that the residents have healthy habits. The community comes together for social events which help in fostering the spirit of community, reducing stress levels.

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