by Handan T. Satiroglu
- Europe/USA -
Spaniards enjoy one of the world’s longest lives: A girl born today can expect a lifespan of 84 years, a boy 78 years. In 2000 the World Health Organization used a variety of indicators to rank the world’s healthiest countries; Spain topped the rankings at 7th place, well ahead of the United States at 37. Aside from year-round sunshine, fresh-pressed olive oil, a veritable rainbow of fresh produce, and tight-knit family structures, the healthcare system also plays a crucial role in the country’s stellar health record.