Israel is not only the happiest country in the region, it is also the healthiest country in the Middle East.
After being ranked earlier this week as the 11th happiest country in the world, Israel was ranked as the 9th healthiest country worldwide. The two factors are probably interlinked.
The Bloomberg Global Health Index grades 163 countries based on variables such as, life expectancy, causes of death and health risks ranging from high blood pressure and tobacco use, to malnutrition and the availability of clean water.
Israel was also ranked as the healthiest country in the Middle East, with a score of 88.14 out of 100, ahead of most of Europe.