These are the 25 healthiest cities in the world, according to new study

Rob Waugh
Contributor
People cool off in a fountain in Amsterdam (Getty)

For Britons, ‘health’ isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you mention Amsterdam – forever associated in British minds with stag dos and other nightlife activities.

But the Dutch city come out top in a list of the healthiest cities in the world, compiled by rentals site Spotahome – thanks to low obesity rates, high life expectancy and high air and water quality.

London ranks at a lowly 40th – and Edinburgh at a pitiful 71st out of 80.

Spotahome based their ranking on publicly available health data – including sunshine hours, life expectancy, obesity rates, air quality and holiday days.

Oslo came second (Getty)

Spotahome says, ‘It’s easier to stay healthy in a city with healthy social habits – places where clean air, fresh food and high-quality exercise facilities are valued.

‘But it’s much harder in cities with high levels of pollution, too many fast-food restaurants and not enough green space.

‘We created a healthy city index that scores over 80 locations across the world. Each city is ranked based on how well it performs across 10 distinct, health related factors.’

A detailed account of their methodology is available here.

The healthiest cities in the world

1. Amsterdam
2. Oslo
3. Munich
4. Rotterdam
5. Berlin
6. Tallinn
7. Vienna
8. Adelaide
9. Helsinki
10. Perth
11. Brisbane
12. Stockholm
13. Hamburg
14. Canberra
15. Valencia
16. Gothenburg
17. Llubljana
18. Listbon
19. Copenhagen
20. Wellington
21. Montreal
22. Singapore
23. Geneva
24. Mangalore
25. Zurich

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