August 26, 2010, Updated September 24, 2012

Israel is one of the best countries to live in, according to Newsweek magazine’s Best Countries survey.

The magazine rated 100 countries based on health, education, economic and corruption criteria, ranking Israel 22nd, one spot above Italy and one below Spain. The United States ranked 11th, while Finland took the top spot.

Israel scored a total of 79 points out of a possible 100. The US scored 85 points.

The top ten countries in the survey were Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Luxemburg, Norway, Canada, Holland, Japan and Denmark.

In the health category, Israel was ranked eighth; in economic dynamism, 15th; in quality of life, 25th; in political environment, 27th; and in education, 40th.

Japan received the highest score in the health category. At 86 years, a Japanese woman’s life expectancy is the highest in the world.

Spain, New Zealand, Britain, France and Singapore were all rated above Israel. African countries Nigeria and Cameroon were at the bottom of the list, with Burkina Faso in last place. Turkey was rated 52nd, Syria 83rd and Iran 79th.

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