PEOPLE living in Spain are officially the healthiest in Europe.

According to the European League Table, comprised of data collected over a 20 year period by medical journal, Lancet, Spain is the healthiest place to live compared with 18 other countries in the EU.

Ranking number one for life expectancy, Spanish residents live for an average of 81.4 years-two years longer than people living in Britain.

They can also expect to enjoy up to 70.9 years of good health, compared with only 68.6 years of healthy life for the average Brit.

The UK was left lagging behind in 12th place behind Greece, Ireland and Germany.

A combination of factors has been attributed to the results including healthy eating, attitudes to drinking and a warmer climate.


  1. Lancet is a highly respected medical journal. If Lancet says this, I believe it.

    I live in Andalucía (unlike some other regulars, I live in Spain) and can vouch for everything in that article. I moved here just over 5 years ago and feel that it has already added several years to my life expectancy.

    Maureen, if you can, come.

  2. “I … feel that it has already added several years to my life expectancy”

    But has it really Tony? Moving to a country surely cannot increase life expectancy, by itself. If you lived in Spain all of your life, ate healthily and had a laid back attitude and no stressful job etc, then maybe it would increase life expectancy. You cannot escape your previous lifestyle just by moving lol.

  3. How do you know we haven’t met? I might be your neighbour.

    Anyway, I take it that you agree that just moving to a country is unlikely to increase life expectancy? One has to take into account one’s entire life (diet, lifestyle etc) surely?

  4. Fred, my goodness do you ever write anything postive. Yes, moving can bring about change to your life expectancy. People tend to adapt to the new environment thus creating a different lifestyle and habits which can improve one’s health greatly (that’s if it is a healthy lifestyle).

  5. Sorry to disappoint you Fred but I don’t write to make stuff up and I also don’t troll articles to always write negative comments. Check out info on Vilcabamba which proves a point. Also I personally have had great health improvements as well. Here’s to a long healthy and happy life to all of us. Have a good one.

  6. Christine, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Furthermore, the article was based on research carried out by Lancet, and I quote “…comprised of data collected over a 20 year period by medical journal, Lancet…”

    Of course Lancet may have made the whole thing up, but I doubt it.

    I have never read anything positive written by Fred in the Olive Press comments sections. All I read are snide attacks. Maybe it´s time to rethink the Olive Press´s corporate approach to censorship.

  7. Maybe to retire in Spain would increase life expectancy but owning a business here and doing things right has taken years off my life for sure. Someone once told me that Spain is a good place to retire as long as you dont have to deal with tax offices, town halls and schools, how true that is.i In my business life I have loads of competition in the town where I live but nothing compares to my main competition which is the government and state

  8. Quite hilarious that because Tony and Christine don’t agree wirh my viewpoint, they instead want to censor the discussion. Tony wouldn’t know a snide attack if it bit him on the bum lol. What an over reaction.

    The Lancet is well respected, but it’s not definitive. Moving to a warm country can certainly improve health and assist some medical conditions (like arthritis etc) but to leap from that to increasing life expectancy is a big leap. I agree that if you live in Spain from birth and eat a healthy diet and have no stress, e.g. become a goat herder, you’ll probably live a bit longer.

    My personal view is that Spain stresses out many expats and actually decreases their life expectancy. Retiring and living/working, as Mark correctly points out, are such different things.

  9. I’d rather live in the sunshine being able to go OUTSIDE than huddled up out of the cold and rain stuck INSIDE looking at a gas fire back in the uk. Ignore any put downs and celebrate living in a healthier climate. Also best to ignore Fred too.. he poison’s people’s minds on this website! not the best social skill to have is it… Viva España!

  10. I reckon Mr Positive is Roger, I knew he would be back!! It makes sense doesn’t it, if you have had 65 bad years in the UK, smoking, drinking and stressed out, you don’t just get another few years extra because you moved to Spain. On the TV this morning, someone stated that vegetarians live longer, but that is not because they are vegetarians, it is because most vegetarians exercise more, don’t smoke as much and are more careful about their health.

  11. Fred, I never said anything about censoring you. I do not agree with your negative snide remarks(on everything) but it is your right to state your opinion, as it is my right to state mine. The point is…everyone has his/her personal accounts on the health issue,what works for them-works for them.
    Thank you Tony and there is nothing wrong with your use of “comprised of” it is simply a matter of writing style.
    As always, have a good one.

  12. Christine, I am prepared to own up to anything I have either said or done. However, I never used the term “comprised of”. I merely quoted it from the source.

    And that source? The original Olive Press article!

    Fred claims to know a lot about me, even though we have never met. Indeed he goes as far as suggesting he might be my neighbour. And that tells you everything about how well he knows me, or rather where I live.

  13. Mr Positive didn’t mention that Andalucia is currently underwater with many severe weather warnings lol. Winter in Spain can be just as bad as the winter in the UK, but not if you believe “A place in the Sun” lol.

    Christine, I’m glad you agree that my experiences of living in Spain are not any less valid than yours.

  14. Try little Portugal, and particularly the Algarve…..freshest of air, washed by the Atlantic, same for fish and local fruit. Nothing so easy as ‘tranquilo’! Food on the charcoal grill….Vinho Verde and thousands of Tinto’s for the fussy.
    Only you can screw that up!! Everything takes longer here than anywhere…..but we do come over the Guadiana for more ‘alegria’ when needing a ‘kick’!

  15. @Mr P: You don’t just get storms this time of year, the excessively wet weather can run from December to May in Andalucia. It has for all the years I’ve lived here. I doubt you even live in Spain otherwise you’d know this lol.

  16. Fred, yes I do live in Spain. I’ve read a few of your comments lately and they seem to mainly be provocative and cynical. I for one love the summers here. That’s what siestas are for, with people sitting outside their houses and bars socialising in the warm summer nights for months.

    I would be interested to know why you actually live in Spain? & have such downdtrodden views on this country rather than simply returning to the uk?

  17. @Mr P, I’m surprised that you live in Spain and know so little nothing about the weather here. @Tony, you must be related to Michael Fish lol. November 2012 was the worst rain for 100 years and every month since has also had terrible rainstorms; just read this paper to see all the floods – no cock and bull there, just plain facts. One of the worst storms in living memory in Andalucia happened as late as May.

    Sure, the summer weather will be great, if you like baking to death, which is why the Spanish think we are mad walking about in the daytime. The evenings are a different matter and are the best time to be out in the summer, agreed.

  18. @Mr P, what is confrontational about saying that Andalucia experiences extreme rainfall and flooding? It’s just a fact, and it comes as a surprise to many people who have moved here. What is the nonsense in stating basic facts lol.

  19. Fred, so why do you live here?

    Every post I read from you about Andalucía is so negative that I really don´t see why anyone with those attitudes would choose to live anywhere in Spain.

    Maybe that´s the answer. You don´t live in Andalucía at all, and never have done.

  20. @Tony, when you prove that you live here I’ll prove that I do too. Extreme weather is a negative subject by its very definition and saying it is a ‘confrontational’ or ‘negative’ subject is just meaningless babble.

  21. How about this?

    Now it´s your turn.

    “saying it is a ‘confrontational’ or ‘negative’ subject is just meaningless babble.”
    Fred, I think you are confusing me with some else.

  22. Anyone can say they are Tony Bishop, even I can post as Tony Bishop. Obviously you could not have walked much in the Ronda mountains not to know about the excessive rainfall in Spain. “Spiel” is a word you should use more Tony, lol.

  23. Fred, I’m not sure what your problem is. Yes it rains in Andalucia in winter (rain that’s needed) but it’s also not called the ‘Desert of Europe’ for nothing.

    I think a nerve has been struck by asking you a simple question…


  24. It can also go to minus 10c in Southern Spain or more. It is not as cold as the UK but the houses have no mains gas and they are freezing in general as they are not built to keep the heat in. The winters can drag there and it has been hotter in April in the UK than Spain on many occassion. It is hotter in mainland Spain than the UK but it is not the Canaries. Even in th ebeach areas it will fall to minus. Nice to see you back Roger.

  25. You’ve me me confused with someone REAP? (good name). Agree with the you about prolonged winters, but when the sun’s out it’s hot in winter too (just like mid summer in the uk). Roll on one more month then most of Spain should be ok until mid October again. Unlike the 2 week or ONE week summer back in the uk. Spain needs rain in winters for the rest of the year – just not recent deluges.

    Any positive comments Fred and Reap (and anyone else) about why you like living here? or don’t you? or just miserable maybe…

  26. Mr P, I just love living here in Andalucía. The list of reasons is probably infinite but I´ll list just a few.

    1. Although we live in the mountains near Ronda, the winter days are relatively mild. I have lived here and I have NEVER experienced temperatures of minus 10º, even at nighttime. Maybe Reap lives in Granada province.

    2. The health service in the village could not be better. Phone between 8:00 and 8:30-ish for a same morning appointment, even for something routine. I used to live in the UK and cannot remember the last time that happened.

    3. My health (the subject of this piece, remember) has improved no end. Mountain walks coupled with a Mediterranean diet did the trick. (I retired well before I moved here.)

    4. I am a man of modest means and could never afford to live in England´s sole mountainous area, the Lake District. Here I live in a mountain village with a zero crime rate and can walk all day without meeting another soul. In winter (December – January) we often walk in short-sleeves, something unimaginable in the UK.

    Yes we get rain in the winter. And that is swiftly followed by a warm/hot 4 – 5 month period when people plan outdoor barbecues several weeks ahead because they know there will be no rainfall.

    By the way, every house in the village, including the surrounding rural area, is completely legal. Maybe that´s because we live in a Natural Park.

    I could go on and on, but by now you will have caught my drift.

    Thanks for asking the question.

  27. Thanks Tony, great to hear your positive views on here. It’s a bit draining to read the same people putting a country they moved to down.

    We never got out much in the uk, mainly because of the weather (it is important). Here we can’t get out enough! Every sunny market day, socialising, practicing Spanish, going to a couple of bars for small beers & tapas (without just drinking pint after pint, pressured into getting round after round) is fantastic, and doesn’t cost the earth.

    The healthcare we’ve experienced has been immediate too.

    We saw a program about living in areas around Torrevieja with it’s nearby salt plains, saying it was one of the healthiest places to live ‘in the world’. An exageration surely?

    Let’s hope for better economic times ahead and that people think harder, protest more about corruption, & try their best to talk constructively rather than pointing out the bad things & giving up. That’s easy to do! Especially when people do that then laugh, when commenting on here.

  28. The weather in Spain is better, I can’t argue with that but when I was there recently people were telling me that their utility bills are more than mine in the UK, and they had a property half the size of where I live and they were on the coast. I did live in Spain but had enough and left. Dealing with the fraudsters / politicians is the same as negotiating with retards. I have a property on the coast as well and I can tell you it is not always hot and does fall to minus, but trying to keep those tiled floors and properties warm is expensive with the high cost of bottled gas, wood or electric. The electric is really expensive in Spain, much more the UK. If you google Almeria snowfall you will probably see a few years ago the crops were wiped out by snow on the coast. There is a lot more to do in the UK than Spain and at least I do not have to deal with the corruption. I may consider living there again one day but the politicians and Town Hall staff just take the shine off of the place. The environment you live in and not just the sun is important. I have owned properties in Spain for 15 years, been there, done it.

  29. Just on about you in general Fred on here putting Spanish things down then LAUGHING, rather than talking constructively. I’ll pass the baton if anyone fancies taking over.. I’m.. about to go into… a coma.. adios

  30. Fred, you said “Tony, when you prove that you live here I’ll prove that I do too.”

    You didn´t believe what I posted. That´s fine by me. Now how about your providing some proof?

    Until you do that, your credibility on here is worthless.

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