The authors of The Spirit Level believe Sweden has the best health outcomes in Europe. They are right, but for the wrong reason. By Joseph Mahon.
Sweden has consistently had the best health outcomes in Europe since the European Health Consumer Index was established in 2005. As Dr Arne Bjornberg, lead author of the report, put it in an interview with Clare MacCarthy, "Sweden has been the European champion in treatment quality since this index was launched."
Having the best health outcomes means that people live longer, have lower levels of obesity, and a better chance of beating a life-threatening disease. For instance, life expectancy in Sweden is 80, as against 77 in Ireland. In Sweden 10% of adults are obese, as against 20% in Ireland. In Ireland there are 6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, but only 3 in Sweden.Add a comment