COUNTRIES WITH LONG LIFE EXPECTATIONS
Added on: 19th Sep 2016
Despite the dangers of Australia, terrifying creatures, rising
obesity rates, and the world’s highest prevalence of skin
cancer. Australians are resolutely hardy people, living
on average up to 82.09 years. Health professionals credit
a decrease in smoking (the largest preventable cause of
death in Oz) and a high literacy among Aussies
for such long lifespans.
Spaniards have remarkably long spans largely due to diet
and the favourable climate. Beyond these, Spain also has the
sixth lowest suicide rate in the OECD. Countries with lower
suicide rates include Turkey, Mexico, Greece, Israel.
The long-living Icelanders can thank their natural surroundings
for giving them such long lives. Beyond an efficient public
health system and plenty of fresh fish in their diets, Icelanders
live in one of the least polluted countries on Earth. Iceland
keeps itself environmentally pure by emphasizing
geothermal energy and providing residents with hot water
direct from the island’s hot springs and volcanism.
Home to one of the richest populations on Earth, Singapore is
the world’s sole island city-state. Most Singaporeans live to
age 82 and beyond, largely thanks to a government with
tremendous foresight. Controlling the amount of cars
(and thus pollution) on the road and managing a widely-
comprehensive healthcare system, the government has
also placed a focus on chronic disease prevention
An Alpine paradise, Switzerland boasts high incomes,
clean air, and happy people. A major reason why the
Swiss live so long? The World Economic Forum’s Human
Capital Report in 2013 cites Switzerland as the country
which invests the most in its citizens’ health, talent and
education. Combine a well-cared-for population with low
crime rates and strong social cohesion and you have
the working for one of the longest lifespans in the world.
Italians are a bit of an enigma, despite all the smoking,
carbs, and the lower incomes than other countries on
this list, Italy has the third highest life expectancy in the world.
Glossing over the previously-discussed Mediterranean diet
and temperate climate’s positive effects, Italy has long-been
a more cohesive society. Lower levels of social turmoil
and inequality seem to play an important role in
Italians’ better health.
Cited by some researchers as the healthiest people on the
planet, the Japanese enjoy an average lifespan of 83.3 years.
Japan has been studied by scientists across the world for
having the highest per capita number of centenarians
(people living to over 100 years old) at 34.85 per 100,000.
The highest proportion of these centenarians are on the
island of Okinawa: the highest consumer of seaweed in
And the top spot on our list goes to…Hong Kongers!
The cramped-living, busy-working city dwellers may surprise
some people to take the top spot on our list. But Hong Kongers
live on average for nearly 84 years! Though work is often
cited as a primary stress factor, the “emptiness syndrome”
that comes from having nothing to do, rarely affects
Hong Kongers who frequently work into their 80’s. A
highly-steamed Cantonese diet, body-moving tai chi (found
to increase balance and cardiovascular strength), and
brain-stimulating Mahjong game (found to delay the onset
of dementia) help to make Hong Kongers the longest
living nationality on Earth.