Oct 152014
 

healthiest cities

These five cities have a history of investing in the behaviours and elements that ensure their citizens live as healthy a life as possible. In our view, that makes them well worth a visit.

World’s healthiest cities These five cities have a history of investing in the behaviours and elements that ensure their citizens live as healthy a life as possible. This makes them well worth a visit.

Singapore Aside from having a healthcare system that ranks among the best and most efficient in the world, Singapore is also one of the cleanest cities. Calling itself the Garden City, there are dozens of parks, gardens and mountain trails around the island. For cyclists, runners and walkers, the Park Connector Network comprises more than 200km of paths linking local parks and green spaces.

Tokyo Tokyo’s greenhouse gas emissions are lower than most other Asian cities thanks to one of the most efficient transit systems in the world. It was ranked by the Guardian in 2012 as the second healthiest city in the world and life expectancy in the Japanese capital is one of the highest at 84.19 years.

Perth According to Australian Women’s Health magazine, Perth is near the top of the list for healthy eating, mental wellbeing, life satisfaction and medical health. Between 1998 and 2009, the number of cyclists in Perth increased by 450%, proving that the locals like to get out and about. The warm climate and nearby Indian Ocean beaches mean residents and visitors alike have access to many outdoor and sporting activities.

Copenhagen The Danish capital tops many global health lists for its cycling culture and big drop in CO2 emissions over the last decade. This is in part a result of the nearly 400km of bike lanes across the city.

Monaco Small though it may be, this principality on the French Riviera is densely populated but also boasts the highest life expectancy at 89.6 years. The large distribution of wealth in the city also helps as the citizens can afford top health care.

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