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Top 20 Countries for Life Expectancy at Birth

Being a Canadian call centre, it is with great pride that I write about how Toronto and Canada fare when ranked globally. I’ve explored this in blog posts like the best countries to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the most sustainable countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the most prosperous countries, the most livable city, the most competitive city, the best city to live, the greenest city, the best city for opportunity, the best city for quality of living, the best countries for quality of life and most recently the Best Countries for Business in 2013. Today I’ll be adding to this list with the top 20 countries for life expectancy at birth.

This list comes from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as they published the “Country Comparison: Life Expectancy at Birth” as part of their World Factbook. The World Factbook is a resource that provides information on a variety of subjects such as “history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for [some] 267 world entities.”  When compiling this list the CIA compared and ranked 226 countries around the world.

This list “contains the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. The entry includes total population as well as the male and female components. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.” The results are based on information gathered in and for the year 2012 and according to this CIA data, the top 20 countries for life expectancy at birth are:

  • 20) Anguilla – Age: 80.98
  • 19) Iceland – Age: 81.00baby-canada-flag-best-country-to-be-born-2013
  • 18) Israel – Age: 81.07
  • 17) Switzerland – Age: 81.17
  • 16) Sweden – Age: 81.18
  • 15) Spain – Age: 81.27
  • 14) France – Age: 81.46
  • 13) Jersey – Age: 81.47
  • 12) Canada – Age: 81.48
  • 11) Liechtenstein – Age: 81.50
  • 10) Italy – Age: 81.86
  • 9) Australia – Age: 81.90
  • 8) Hong Kong – Age: 82.12
  • 7) Guernsey – Age: 82.24
  • 6) Andorra – Age: 82.50
  • 5) San Marino – Age: 83.07
  • 4) Singapore – Age: 83.75
  • 3) Japan – Age: 83.91
  • 2) Macau – Age: 84.43
  • 1) Monaco – Age: 89.68

Canada was the only North American country in the top 20. The United States ranked 51st with a life expectancy age of 78.49 and Mexico ranked 73rd with an age of 76.66. Chad had the lowest list expectancy at 48.69 years of age.

So maybe the key to a longer life has a little to do with where you live as countries that represent a higher quality of life tend to have the longest-living citizens. This information can prove valuable for those individuals or corporations looking to relocate or expand.


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