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Life Expectancy for Countries

What Life Expectancy Really Means

Many people look at a nation's given life expectancy and take it to mean that the average person in a particular country lives to a particular age, while the reality is more complicated. Mathematically, the largest driving factor in life expectancy isn't the longevity of the country's oldest citizens, but the number of people who die young.Life expectancy in countries around the world

With that in mind, one can view life expectancy as a measure of a range of public health factors: access to childcare services, traffic safety, hospital capacity, prevalence of smoking and so on. And, in many cases, the metrics can be affected by broad ecological issues like droughts or wildfires. If you want a fuller picture of why each country has the ranking it has, you can start by looking at the country profiles.

The Rankings

Our statistics come from the most recent data gathered by the CIA World Factbook. As of 2015, the country with the highest life expectancy is Monaco at 89.52 years; the country with the lowest is Chad at 49.81 years.

 

RankCountry(years)
1Monaco89.52
2Japan84.74
3Singapore84.68
4Macau84.51
5San Marino83.24
6Iceland82.97
7Hong Kong82.86
8Andorra82.72
9Switzerland82.50
10Guernsey82.47
11Israel82.27
12Luxembourg82.17
13Australia82.15
14Italy82.12
15Sweden81.98
16Liechtenstein81.77
17Jersey81.76
18Canada81.76
19France81.75
20Norway81.70
21Spain81.57
22Austria81.39
23Anguilla81.31
24Netherlands81.23
25Bermuda81.15
26Cayman Islands81.13
27Isle of Man81.09
28New Zealand81.05
29Belgium80.88
30Finland80.77
31Ireland80.68
32Germany80.57
33United Kingdom80.54
34Greece80.43
35Saint Pierre and Miquelon80.39
36Malta80.25
37Faroe Islands80.24
38European Union80.20
39Korea, South80.04
40Taiwan79.98
41Virgin Islands79.89
42Turks and Caicos Islands79.69
43United States79.68
44Wallis and Futuna79.57
45Saint Helena, Ascension,
and Tristan da Cunha
79.36
46Gibraltar79.28
47Denmark79.25
48Puerto Rico79.25
49Portugal79.16
50Guam78.98
51Bahrain78.73
52Chile78.61
53Qatar78.59
54Cyprus78.51
55Czech Republic78.48
56Panama78.47
57British Virgin Islands78.46
58Costa Rica78.40
59Cuba78.39
60Albania78.13
61Slovenia78.01
62Curacao77.98
63Dominican Republic77.97
64Kuwait77.82
65Northern Mariana Islands77.82
66Argentina77.69
67Sint Maarten77.61
68Saint Lucia77.60
69New Caledonia77.50
70Lebanon77.40
71Poland77.40
72United Arab Emirates77.29
73Uruguay77.00
74Paraguay76.99
75French Polynesia76.98
76Brunei76.97
77Slovakia76.88
78Dominica76.79
79Morocco76.71
80Croatia76.61
81Algeria76.59
82Ecuador76.56
83Aruba76.56
84Sri Lanka76.56
85Bosnia and Herzegovina76.55
86Estonia76.47
87Antigua and Barbuda76.33
88Libya76.26
89Tonga76.04
90Macedonia76.02
91Georgia75.95
92West Bank75.91
93Tunisia75.89
94Hungary75.69
95Mexico75.65
96Cook Islands75.60
97Saint Kitts and Nevis75.52
98Colombia75.48
99China75.41
100Mauritius75.40
101Maldives75.37
102Serbia75.26
103Oman75.21
104Barbados75.18
105American Samoa75.14
106Solomon Islands75.12
107Saint Vincent and the Grenadines75.09
108Saudi Arabia75.05
109Romania74.92
110Gaza Strip74.87
111Iraq74.85
112Malaysia74.75
113Lithuania74.69
114Syria74.69
115Turkey74.57
116Venezuela74.54
117Seychelles74.49
118Thailand74.43
119El Salvador74.42
120Bulgaria74.39
121Armenia74.37
122Jordan74.35
123Latvia74.23
124Montserrat74.14
125Grenada74.05
126Egypt73.70
127Jamaica73.55
128Uzbekistan73.55
129Brazil73.53
130Peru73.48
131Samoa73.46
132Vietnam73.16
133Vanuatu73.06
134Nicaragua72.98
135Palau72.87
136Marshall Islands72.84
137Micronesia, Federated States of72.62
138Trinidad and Tobago72.59
139Belarus72.48
140Indonesia72.45
141Fiji72.43
142Bahamas, The72.20
143Azerbaijan72.20
144Greenland72.10
145Guatemala72.02
146Suriname71.97
147Cabo Verde71.85
148Ukraine71.57
149Iran71.15
150Honduras71.00
151Bangladesh70.94
152Kazakhstan70.55
153Russia70.47
154Moldova70.42
155Kyrgyzstan70.36
156Korea, North70.11
157Turkmenistan69.78
158Bhutan69.51
159Mongolia69.29
160Philippines68.96
161Bolivia68.86
162Belize68.59
163India68.13
164Guyana68.09
165Timor-Leste67.72
166Nepal67.52
167Pakistan67.39
168Tajikistan67.39
169Papua New Guinea67.03
170Nauru66.75
171Burma66.29
172Ghana66.18
173Tuvalu66.16
174Kiribati65.81
175Madagascar65.55
176Yemen65.18
177Gambia, The64.60
178Sao Tome and Principe64.58
179Togo64.51
180Cambodia64.14
181Laos63.88
182Comoros63.85
183Equatorial Guinea63.85
184Eritrea63.81
185Kenya63.77
186Sudan63.68
187Haiti63.51
188Djibouti62.79
189Mauritania62.65
190Western Sahara62.64
191South Africa62.34
192Tanzania61.71
193Ethiopia61.48
194Benin61.47
195Senegal61.32
196Malawi60.66
197Burundi60.09
198Guinea60.08
199Rwanda59.67
200Congo, Republic of the58.79
201Liberia58.60
202Cote d'Ivoire58.34
203Cameroon57.93
204Sierra Leone57.79
205Zimbabwe57.05
206Congo, Democratic Republic of the56.93
207Angola55.63
208Mali55.34
209Niger55.13
210Burkina Faso55.12
211Uganda54.93
212Botswana54.18
213Nigeria53.02
214Mozambique52.94
215Lesotho52.86
216Zambia52.15
217Gabon52.04
218Somalia51.96
219Central African Republic51.81
220Namibia51.62
221Swaziland51.05
222Afghanistan50.87
223Guinea-Bissau50.23
224Chad49.81
Source:CIA World Factbook, 2015.
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