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Croatia was ranked 42nd among 188 countries in a research published in the medical journal The Lancet measuring the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Over 60 percent of the nations ranked have achieved the goals of reducing mortality among mothers and children, the first such research shows. It also shows that no country has achieved all nine health-related goals, including eradication of tuberculosis and HIV and reducing childhood overweight and the general tendency towards violence.

The ranking is topped by Iceland, followed by Singapore and Sweden, while the Central African Republic, Somalia and South Sudan are the worst ranked.

Croatia recorded high percentages of achievement of the health-related goals. It scored worst in reducing cigarette addiction and ensuring a universal approach to sexual and reproductive health care, which includes family planning and modern contraception.

Among Croatia's neighbours, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary scored higher rankings - 25, 31 and 36 respectively.

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