They say that in order to fully enjoy a long and healthy life, you need to have a purpose, be involved in an active lifestyle, and feel more relaxed. Luckily, it’s now easy to embrace those things by living in a place where they come naturally. Here, we will give you some of the world’s healthiest place to live in this year. In these places, the people are good, the air is clean, the surroundings are green, and the foods are fresh and healthy. So when you’re ready to escape to a place where you can feel better, look younger, get happier, and live longer, here are some of the best options to choose from.
Currently, Singapore has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world and among the countries with highest life expectancy rate, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, this country has the most successful healthcare system, with approximately 70-80% of the population use the public health system. Worldwide, Singapore is also considered one of the cleanest cities. Unlawful disposing of waste products, performing activities that contribute to pollution, littering, and even spitting, are strictly prohibited by law. Singapore also offers dozens of parks and green spaces that encourage runners, walkers, and cyclists to become more engaged in outdoor activities. Plus, this city has so many healthy communities and properties, ranging from affordable apartments to luxury CBD condo, which are all great for growing families.
Tokyo remains to be one of the world’s biggest cities with the most efficient transport system. Every day, this city moves approximately 3 million people in the greater metropolitan area, and yet its greenhouse gas emissions are lower compared to other cities in Asia. The average commute in Tokyo only takes 1 hour, but in other cities, the average commute is 3-4 hours. Furthermore, Tokyo’s life expectancy rate is the highest in the world – 87 years for women and 80 years for men. This high life expectancy can be attributed to their discipline and healthy diet, which consists of rice, vegetables, and fish.
Copenhagen, which is the Denmark’s capital and most populated city, is full of ambitious professionals, and yet people here don’t work the stereotypical long American hours. In fact, only 2% of employees in this city work 40 hours a week or more. Most companies in Copenhagen (well, in most of Denmark) allow their employees to leave work at a reasonable hour to spend more quality time with their families, join in some sports, and participate in community activities. Aside from these, employees are given generous vacation benefits from 5 to 6 weeks of vacation per year and up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave. No wonder why Denmark is considered one of the happiest places to be on Earth! And talking about a city that is committed to health, this city provides a great place for outdoor activities. It replaced its driving culture with a cycling and walking culture, and now people here commute to work or school every day by walking or biking. This means that you can take a lungful of air in this city without fear. Since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen are down to 20%, and the city is putting a lot of effort to be the first carbon-neutral capital in the world by 2025.
Perth is considered one of the most populous cities in Australia, and yet it is regarded as one of healthiest cities in the world. Some of the factors that contribute to Perth’s placement in top 5 healthiest cities are its commitment to healthy living, and active effort to promote physical activities and improve quality of life. The city government encourages the public to walk or use bikes to commute to school or work, not only to lessen the greenhouse gas emissions, but to also make people involved in physical activities. From 1998 to 2009, the number of cyclists in the city increased by 450%! And Perth continues its effort to develop its city transit system by installing more bike stations and roads.
The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks the city of Vancouver as one of the top five livable cities in the world. Not only does it provide quality education, great views, and amazing culture, but one of the reasons why it became one of the best is because of its commitment to health and quality living. Just like Copenhagen and other cities in the world, Vancouver replaced its car-centered culture with walking and cycling culture. Now, this city is regarded as one of the places on Earth with the cleanest air. Since 1990, Vancouver has reduced its carbon emission by 6 percent, despite a nearly 30% percent growth in population. But aside from promoting clean air, the leaders of this city also put great effort to ensure that all residents here have access to quality healthcare, nutritious food, and happy and safe environment.