Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Best Countries for Life Expectancy
If you have a choice of where to live to live the longest...choose Japan. The World Health organization has issued stats that show a life expectancy of 83 for living in Japan. Compare that to the lowest life expectancy in Sierra Leone, which is 41 years.
The 14 countries that had life expectancies of at least 81 years were: Japan, Australia, Iceland, Italy, San Marino, Andorra (that one is sending me to google!), France, Israel, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain and Sweden.
The mid range countries have a life expectancy of 78 years: the United States, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Kuwait, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.
Avoid these countries if you want to live a long and healthy life. They are all below 50 years:
Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Chad, Zambia, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda, Burkina Faso (Google again!), Burundi, Male and Nigeria.
Children younger than 5 account for nearly 20% of the world's deaths and child mortality is the reason for the wide ranges in these countries. The United States ranks 29th globally for infant mortality and we are tied with Poland and Slovakia.
That doesn't sound so good to me.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:14 PM