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Sweden's 'sanest' residents revealed

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Sweden's 'sanest' residents revealed
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15:52 CEST+02:00
An extensive study has revealed which part of Sweden houses the most mentally-balanced people. Where would you guess?
The answer is Västerbotten county in northern Sweden, which can now claim to have the most mentally sound residents, according to a new study. 
 
The province, which stretches from the Norwegian border on the west to the eastern coast of Sweden, is the second largest in the country.
 
Researchers from Sweden's non-profit mental health organization Mind announced the result after studying the suicide statistics and health survey answers from over 100,000 Swedes. They also took unemployment rates and alcohol consumption into consideration. 
 
Organization head Carl von Essen told Sveriges Radio that Västerbotten had a good track record over the past four years over a broad range of health fields.
 
"When you talk to people who work in healthcare and those who've been treated in Västerbotten themselves, there are a few points that come up, like the regular occurence of health check-ups and the strength of clubs and societies," he said. 
 
Västmanland County in eastern Sweden was ranked as the worst. 
 
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