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Countries With The Highest Life Expectancy In The World: Who Lives Longest?

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It’s no surprise that Hong Kong has the highest life expectancy in the world at 84.63 years. The top three positions are occupied by Asian countries and territories like Japan and Macao is in 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. These three have life expectancies above 84 years. In 4th place is Switzerland, which averages 83.56 years, followed by Singapore with 83.39 years.

Within the QUAD countries, Japan (84.43 years) was ranked 2nd globally, followed by Australia at 8th (83.20 years), the United States at 34th, and India at 114th. The average life expectancy in the United States is 80.32 years while India’s average is 69.27 years. The four QUAD countries represent over 1,850 million or 1.37 billion people. The QUAD members are known for their significant influence on international affairs; all are members of G20. As of 2018, these five nations have a combined nominal GDP of US$30 trillion and an estimated combined GDP (PPP) of around US$40 trillion.

Everywhere in the world women live longer than men. Life expectancies for females are between 54.85 to 87.53 years, while for male these figures are between 50.40 to 81.75 years. The difference is maximum in Syria where women’s average life expectancy is 11.80 years more than men. Next in line come Lithuania (11.19 years), Russia (10.73 years), and Belarus (10.04 years) having a discrepancy greater than 10 years. Bhutan is a minimum difference of 0.66 years.

To identify the countries and territories where people are expected to live the longest, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed life expectancy at birth figures obtained from the National Association for Public Health Statistics, Information Systems (NAPHSIS), and WHO report. Spoiler alert: In case you’re wondering, the United States, with an average life expectancy of 78.81, ranks 47th. While countries in Asia and Europe dominate the top ten spots.)

The average life expectancy at birth worldwide was 72.28 years (74.72 years for females and 69.92 years for males). The central African Republic has the lowest life expectancy at 52.67 years.

Countries With The Highest Life Expectancy In The World, 2020

RankCountryLife expectancy Both Sexes, Total (Years)RegionLife Expectancy Female (Years)Life Expectancy Male (Years)Life expectancy Difference (Female - Male)
1Hong Kong84.63Asia87.5381.755.78
2Japan84.43Asia87.4781.286.19
3Macao84.04Asia86.9781.075.9
4Switzerland83.56Europe85.4181.63.81
5Singapore83.39Asia85.5281.254.27
6Spain83.36Europe86.0580.65.45
7Italy83.28Europe85.3581.044.31
8Australia83.2Oceania85.2281.214.01
9Channel Islands82.84Europe84.7480.863.88
11South Korea82.77Asia85.779.636.07
10Iceland82.77Europe84.3181.233.08
12Israel82.74Asia84.3281.043.28
13Sweden82.57Europe84.3880.753.63
14France82.46Europe85.3679.445.92
15Malta82.29Europe84.0780.43.67
16Martinique82.27North America85.3878.896.49
17Canada82.22North America84.2580.164.09
18Norway82.18Europe84.280.174.03
20New Zealand82.06Oceania83.880.33.5
19Netherlands82.06Europe83.7780.323.45
21Ireland82.05Europe83.780.353.35
22Luxembourg82Europe84.1579.844.31
23Greece81.98Europe84.4879.485
24Guadeloupe81.84North America85.2478.137.11
25Portugal81.75Europe84.6478.675.97
26Finland81.64Europe84.5278.755.77
27Belgium81.39Europe83.6979.024.67
28Austria81.35Europe83.7578.894.86
29United Kingdom81.15Europe82.979.373.53
30Germany81.1Europe83.5578.674.88
31Slovenia81.08Europe83.8578.255.6
32Cyprus80.75Asia82.8478.654.19
33Denmark80.68Europe82.6878.693.99
34United States Virgin Islands80.32North America82.977.665.24
35Taiwan80.19Asia83.0177.485.53
36Réunion80.03Africa83.7577.326.43
37Qatar80.02Asia81.878.892.91
38Costa Rica80North America82.6677.435.23
39Chile79.96South America82.3277.444.88
40Puerto Rico79.85North America83.3176.227.09
41Guam79.77Oceania83.376.56.8
42French Guiana79.73South America82.9576.716.24
43Mayotte79.35Africa82.976.046.86
44Czechia79.15Europe81.7676.485.28
45Barbados79.02North America80.3577.62.75
46Lebanon78.82Asia80.7777.023.75
47United States78.81North America81.3476.35.04
48Cuba78.69North America80.6776.723.95
49Curaçao78.63North America81.4275.485.94
50Maldives78.47Asia80.3677.073.29
51Poland78.46Europe82.3774.487.89
52Estonia78.46Europe82.4973.988.51
53Albania78.38Europe80.176.733.37
54Croatia78.25Europe81.3975.016.38
55Panama78.24North America81.5375.136.4
56United Arab Emirates77.75Asia79.0977.062.03
57Uruguay77.7South America81.373.877.43
58Oman77.53Asia80.0575.784.27
59French Polynesia77.38Oceania79.6575.324.33
61Turkey77.31Asia80.2374.35.93
60Slovakia77.31Europe80.7673.747.02
62New Caledonia77.28Oceania80.1674.665.5
63Bosnia and Herzegovina77.18Europe79.6574.655
64Bahrain77.1Asia78.2276.251.97
65Colombia77.02South America79.7874.235.55
66Thailand76.83Asia80.6273.127.5
67Antigua and Barbuda76.82North America77.9175.672.24
68Sri Lanka76.73Asia80.0573.326.73
69Ecuador76.7South America79.5673.955.61
70Montenegro76.65Europe79.0874.24.88
71Hungary76.63Europe80.0872.967.12
72China76.62Asia78.9774.474.5
73Algeria76.59Africa77.8475.392.45
74Argentina76.45South America79.8736.8
75Tunisia76.41Africa78.4674.394.07
76Peru76.41South America79.1873.715.47
77Iran (Islamic Republic of)76.35Asia77.5675.262.3
78Morocco76.33Africa77.5475.072.47
79Aruba76.08North America78.4473.564.88
80Saint Lucia75.99North America77.3774.662.71
81Malaysia75.93Asia78.174.014.09
82Romania75.83Europe79.3272.366.96
83Serbia75.77Europe78.473.175.23
84Brunei75.66Asia76.8874.542.34
85Lithuania75.65Europe81.1469.9511.19
86North Macedonia75.6Europe77.6573.64.05
87Brazil75.56South America79.2771.97.37
88Kuwait75.33Asia76.3874.611.77
89Viet Nam75.27Asia79.471.168.24
90Latvia75.05Europe79.8169.949.87
91Honduras74.99North America77.2872.684.6
92Mexico74.98North America77.8372.15.73
93Saudi Arabia74.9Asia76.5173.712.8
94Armenia74.87Asia78.371.127.18
95Bulgaria74.85Europe78.4871.347.14
96Mauritius74.76Africa78.2571.416.84
97Belarus74.49Europe79.3469.310.04
98Belize74.37North America77.5871.426.16
99Jordan74.33Asia76.0972.663.43
100Jamaica74.33North America75.9472.773.17
101Nicaragua74.15North America77.6670.617.05
102Paraguay74.08South America76.272.114.09
103Guatemala73.94North America76.8715.8
104Palestine73.82Asia75.572.23.3
105Dominican Republic73.81North America77.1270.726.4
106Bahamas73.73North America75.8871.484.4
107Georgia73.52Asia77.9269.098.83
108Trinidad and Tobago73.31North America76.0270.695.33
109Seychelles73.29Africa77.2769.787.49
110Kazakhstan73.23Asia77.3568.828.53
111Samoa73.11Oceania75.2471.134.11
112El Salvador72.99North America77.5468.119.43
113Azerbaijan72.81Asia75.2670.314.95
114Solomon Islands72.77Oceania74.6271.113.51
115Libya72.7Africa75.7469.95.84
116Cabo Verde72.7Africa75.9269.236.69
117Grenada72.39North America74.9570.074.88
118Saint Vincent and the Grenadines72.36North America74.9470.144.8
119Russia72.29Europe77.5466.8110.73
120Bangladesh72.15Asia74.1170.483.63
121Venezuela72.13South America76.0868.47.68
122North Korea71.96Asia75.4268.37.12
123Ukraine71.82Europe76.6366.839.8
124Egypt71.74Africa74.0869.524.56
125Moldova71.68Europe75.9467.428.52
126Uzbekistan71.53Asia73.6369.414.22
127Suriname71.49South America74.8568.296.56
128Indonesia71.41Asia73.6369.294.34
129Syria71.32Asia77.6665.8611.8
130Bhutan71.28Asia71.6270.960.66
131Kyrgyzstan71.18Asia75.3667.218.15
132Bolivia71.08South America74.0568.285.77
133Philippines71.04Asia75.3167.088.23
134Tajikistan70.77Asia73.0568.644.41
135Tonga70.74Oceania72.6968.833.86
136Iraq70.37Asia72.4268.334.09
137Nepal70.31Asia71.7268.832.89
138Vanuatu70.25Oceania71.968.793.11
139Sao Tome and Principe70.05Africa72.4567.674.78
140Western Sahara69.86Africa71.8768.243.63
141Guyana69.71South America72.8966.746.15
142Mongolia69.55Asia73.8265.58.32
143Cambodia69.44Asia71.567.174.33
144India69.27Asia70.5368.112.42
145Timor-Leste69.15Asia71.2667.184.08
146Botswana69.1Africa71.8666.035.83
147Rwanda68.44Africa70.5166.274.24
148Kiribati67.99Oceania71.9763.98.07
149Turkmenistan67.98Asia71.564.516.99
150Micronesia67.7Oceania69.3866.073.31
151Senegal67.47Africa69.4265.324.1
152Laos67.44Asia69.2465.683.56
153Fiji67.27Oceania69.0865.63.48
154Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)67.02Asia6866.111.89
155Myanmar66.76Asia69.7563.676.08
156Djibouti66.54Africa68.7464.584.16
157Madagascar66.49Africa68.164.893.21
158Kenya66.18Africa68.563.824.68
159Gabon66.06Africa68.2164.014.2
160Yemen66.03Asia67.7364.363.37
161Ethiopia65.97Africa67.8864.093.79
162Eritrea65.74Africa67.9663.64.36
163Sudan64.95Africa66.863.133.67
164United Republic of Tanzania64.84Africa66.663.043.56
165Mauritania (Islamic Republic of)64.61Africa66.18633.18
166Afghanistan (Islamic Republic of)64.28Asia65.8162.852.96
167Congo64.16Africa65.5762.72.87
168Papua New Guinea64.15Oceania65.4562.942.51
169Comoros63.98Africa65.7662.273.49
170Ghana63.65Africa64.7262.62.12
171South Africa63.62Africa67.1460.246.9
172Liberia63.6Africa64.9762.222.75
173Haiti63.52North America65.6861.374.31
174Malawi63.43Africa66.5760.296.28
175Zambia63.26Africa66.2260.265.96
176Namibia63.02Africa65.860.045.76
177Uganda62.76Africa64.9760.424.55
178Niger61.8Africa62.9760.692.28
179Gambia61.54Africa62.9560.172.78
180Benin61.3Africa62.8359.753.08
181Guinea61.04Africa61.5360.331.2
182Burundi61.03Africa62.859.223.58
183Burkina Faso60.92Africa61.660.111.49
184Zimbabwe60.83Africa62.2259.163.06
185Angola60.54Africa63.4257.835.59
186Togo60.53Africa61.3759.671.7
187DR Congo60.21Africa61.7458.73.04
188Mozambique60.05Africa62.8557.015.84
189Eswatini59.31Africa63.8855.178.71
190Cameroon58.77Africa60.0257.532.49
191Mali58.71Africa59.4657.961.5
192Equatorial Guinea58.25Africa59.4157.272.14
193Guinea-Bissau57.82Africa59.7155.83.91
194South Sudan57.43Africa58.9455.952.99
195Ivory Coast57.25Africa58.5756.072.5
196Somalia56.94Africa58.6655.293.37
197Nigeria54.18Africa55.0853.31.78
198Sierra Leone54.07Africa54.8553.241.61
199Chad53.8Africa55.2152.412.8
200Lesotho53.51Africa56.7550.46.35
201Central African Republic52.67Africa54.8750.54.37

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Anna Papadopoulos
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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