The 10 departments most conducive to well-being in Europe

The 10 departments most conducive to well-being in France

To improve your quality of life, do you want to move? Look no further: we make your life easier by publishing a ranking of the healthiest departments in Europe.

Green spaces, shops, water points… Certain infrastructures drastically improve daily life. That is why ZAVAexpert in medical teleconsultation, has produced a ranking of departments “the healthiest“in mainland Europe… based on criteria that make the difference.

Green spaces, sports centers and air quality

To establish this ranking, and reveal the healthiest departments in Europe, the online medical service Zava took into account several criteria, such as the number of green spaces, sports centers, businesses considered “healthy” and “less healthy water sources, as well as air quality.

Result ? The Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department comes first, with a well-being score of 8.10/10.

This is explained by its 22.90 green spaces per 100,000 inhabitants, its 651 trail, hiking and running trails, equivalent to 39.14 per 100,000 residents, as well as its 7.33 sports centers per 100,000 inhabitants. , which is 22.8% more than Hautes-Pyrénées which has 5.9 per 100,000 inhabitants. With the third largest number of bathing spaces after Hérault and Vaucluse, it offers the Bas-Alpins 434.41 spaces per 100,000 people (7,226 in total)“, specifies the press release.

Another advantage of this little corner of paradise: the department is very little polluted (1.58/10), thus consolidating its the healthiest department to live in Europe”, note Zava.

For this criterion, different toxicants were taken into account: carbon monoxide (CO), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), ozone (O₃), suspended particles (PM10 and PM2.5), and sulfur dioxide (SO₂).

Which other departments are considered “healthy”?

This is the Hautes-Pyrénées, which obtained a score of 7.75/10, thus deserving their second place on the podium.

With 19.27 green spaces per 100,000 people and 23.32 trails, this combination of greenery and outdoor options helps make the Hautes-Pyrénées an attractive destination for those seeking a healthy lifestyle. Adding to this the low pollution rate, with a score of 1.03/10, and the diversity of bathing areas (132.27 per 100,000 people), the Hautes-Pyrénées department offers an optimal environment for health and well-being“, details the press release.

We then find Lozère, in third place on the podium with a well-being score of 7.42/10.

As the least populated department in Europe, Lozère benefits from extensive access to a large number of hiking and trail trails, ranked the third highest in the study, with 104.14 trails per 100,000 residents. , note Zava.

The department also offers “a framework conducive to hiking“and, if it has an overall pollution score”higher than that of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Pyrénées (1.92/10)“, it remains relatively low.

Then come Aveyron, Hautes-Alpes, Lot le Jura and even the Pyrénées-Orientales. Paris for its part ranks in 90th place due to its pollution rate, the highest in the ranking, reaching 8.52.

Paris comes in 90th place

Paris if class in 90th placedue to its pollution rate, the highest in the ranking, reaching 8,52. In addition, the limited availability of accessible trails for walking or trail running (1,47 per 100,000 city dwellers) contributes to this less favorable position. And the number of businesses considered ‘healthy’ (14,03 per 100,000 residents) is unfortunately counterbalanced by a higher number of ‘less healthy’ businesses, which reaches 20,78 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Paris is not, however, the worst ranked department, it is in fact the Seine-Saint-Deniswhich occupies last place, due to its low number of trails per 100,000 residents (0,74) and sports centers (2,61 per 100,000 inhabitants), the lowest of all, as well as its low supply of ‘healthy’ businesses in Europe, the second lowest result, after Aisne, with 4,39 per 100,000 city dwellers.