To compile the Healthiest Places to Live 2022 ranking, factors that directly affect or speak about the health of the population were considered:
- life expectancy;
- healthcare coverage accessibility;
- healthy diet affordability;
- air pollution, obesity and crime levels.
The healthiest countries are Japan and Switzerland
Japan took first place in the ranking. The country has one of the lowest levels of obesity in the world: 3.8% among men and 3.4% among women. For comparison, in the US the average percentage of obese people is 43%, and in the UK it is 35%. The attitude to food in Japan is different from the Western one: the Japanese eat in small portions, and the food is rich in proteins, but not carbohydrates.
The average life expectancy in Japan is 84 years, the third highest in the world after San Marino and Hong Kong. There are many people in the country who live up to 100 years and longer. The oldest woman in the world, Japanese Kane Tanaka, is 119 years old now.
Switzerland came in second in the ranking. The researchers note that the health of the local population is affected by clean alpine air and an active lifestyle as the Swiss often go trekking. The average life expectancy here is the same as in Japan — 84 years. The top ten of the ranking also includes Cuba, Slovenia and Armenia, the second ten includes Greece, Montenegro, Israel, Canada and Australia.
10 healthiest countries to live in 2022
The two healthiest cities are in Spain
Cities in Spain, Portugal, Australia and Japan topped the Healthiest Places to Live 2022 ranking, making it easy for residents to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of their well-being.
Valencia took first place in the ranking. The World Health Organization considers Valencia's climate as one of the healthiest in the world as it is mild and not as hot as in most coastal cities in Spain. There is a lot of greenery in Valencia, few industries, and a light breeze always blows from the sea, thanks to which the air in the city is fresh.
The top ten includes such European cities as Zurich, Vienna and Ljubljana, as well as one Asian city of Chiang Mai, which is located in Thailand.
10 healthiest cities for living in 2022
|Ranking||City and country||Global Health Security Index score of the country|
|8||Chiang Mai, Thailand||68.2|
How to move to a country where it's easy to take care of your health
Foreigners too can join the healthiest people in the world by relocating to one of the places from the ranking. They need to obtain a residence permit or citizenship of a country they prefer.
Six countries included in the Healthiest Places to Live ranking have investment programs for high-net-worth and financially independent individuals.
Conditions for obtaining a residence permit or citizenship in the ranked European countries
|Program||Expenses for the applicant||Processing time|
|Residence permit by investment|
|Greece residence permit||€250,000+||6+ months|
|Italy residence permit||€250,000+||3+ months|
|Spain residence permit||€500,000+||5+ months|
|Residence permit for financially independent people|
|Portugal D7 Visa||€250,000+||8+ months|
|Austria residence permit||€100,000+||3+ months|
|Switzerland residence permit||₣450,000+ per year||6 months|
Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent that helps to obtain a residence permit in Europe. If you want to become a resident of a European country, please contact investment program experts for advice.