Bloomberg Global Health index – Albania ranks 43rd, better performance than last year
Albania has won 7 seats in terms of overall health. According to the 2019 Country Health Index, compiled by Bloomberg, Albania ranks 43rd, at a level of 68.04 points, from its 50th place a year earlier. Countries of the region, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are ranked before Albania with a very small margin. With regard to the overall ranking, Spain has surpassed Italy, becoming the healthiest country in the world.
The Bloomberg Country Health Index analyzes 169 countries around the world, according to factors that contribute to the overall health of a country. When it was first released in 2017, Spain holds the sixth place. Four other European nations are in the top ten, like Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway. Japan turned out to be the healthiest place in Asia, winning three places compared to the 2017 report.
The index classifies countries based on several variables, such as longevity, imposing penalties on risks such as smoking and obesity. Environmental factors, including access to clean water and sanitation, are also taken into account. The final index includes countries with at least 300,000 inhabitants and plenty of data with the World Health Organization. Researchers say that nutrition and diet in the Mediterranean can justify high levels of health in Spain and Italy. Sub-Saharan economies make up 27 of the 30 unhealthy nations.