Life Expectancy

Life expectancy has increased by five years since the year 2000, according to the World Health Organization, but like many things, it’s not evenly distributed.

Here’s a look at the average life expectancy at birth in the top and bottom five nations:


Longest Life Expectancy

Japan – 83.7 years

Switzerland – 83.4 years

Singapore – 83.1 years

Australia – 82.8 years

Spain – 82.8 years


Shortest Life Expectancy

Sierra Leone – 50.1 years

Angola – 52.4 years

Central African Republic – 52.5 years

Chad – 53.1 years

Cote d’Ivoire – 53.3 years


Women in Japan can expect to live the longest—86.8 years. For men, the highest life expectancy is in Switzerland, where the average male lives to 81.3 years.

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