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Past Life Expectancy by Country 2024

The global average life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900. Hong Kong used to have the highest life expectancy; however, now that it has become part of China once again, it no longer is a separate autonomous region.

As a country, Japan has the highest life expectancy of 85, beating the global average of 73 in 2020 by about a dozen years. The lowest life expectancy is found in the Central African Republic at around 53 years (2020 figure).

The countries with the lowest life expectancy are all in Africa, including the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Chad, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea.

The countries with the highest life expectancy in 2020 are Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Singapore, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Israel.

By tracking the changes over the past 50 years, it is interesting to see what countries moved up on the list of the top ten for having the longest life expectancy.

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Country
1950-55
1955-60
1960-65
1965-70
1970-75
1975-80
1980-85
Norway72.873.4873.4773.9274.4375.3176.01
Iceland72.2373.2273.573.6574.276.3476.85
Netherlands71.9372.9473.4673.6474.1175.1776.13
Sweden71.8672.973.574.1274.7975.3576.4
Denmark71.0672.0772.472.9373.6374.2474.44
New Zealand69.7670.6871.1871.2671.7772.6273.78
United Kingdom69.470.671.0371.7172.2173.0174.2
Australia69.3770.4270.8770.8371.7573.5875.08
Switzerland69.3470.7171.5872.5773.7175.1976.09
Canada69.0570.3171.3472.1573.0174.3275.86
Israel68.8870.0470.9871.7772.5873.5374.63
United States68.7169.6770.170.3771.4273.2674.38
Belgium67.8169.4670.370.7171.572.6673.91
Germany67.5268.9169.9770.6671.1572.373.65
France67.0569.270.6671.3372.3273.574.63
Ireland66.969.1670.1470.7671.237273.18
Czech Republic66.8669.5970.3569.9970.0470.6470.78
Cyprus66.7368.7270.4371.973.1774.2775.26
Austria66.5468.0269.6670.1470.872.1473.28
Italy66.5268.4469.6870.9372.2273.5574.87
Finland66.468.1969.0769.7270.9372.7174.33
Uruguay66.1467.1568.3868.668.8169.6471.02
Malta66.1167.8369.3470.7372.0273.2274.38
Luxembourg65.9667.5569.1269.7870.2471.4572.89
Greece65.7567.1569.2570.171.8172.8374.5
Slovenia65.667.8869.1569.1769.8170.9771.21
Spain64.667.7569.9171.3772.6574.476.1
Slovakia64.4368.6470.6370.3270.0870.4870.63
Hungary64.0166.9168.7969.4569.4169.5969.08
Puerto Rico63.5467.9269.1270.7272.3573.5273.89
Hong Kong63.165.8568.8370.8572.4873.7375.63
United States Virgin Islands62.8865.4966.8268.369.871.1572.28
Armenia62.8264.9267.0469.1870.7570.5870.9
Japan62.866.4169.1671.4173.2875.477.01
Paraguay62.7663.3364.565.0865.9666.5567.11
Argentina62.5764.5865.3165.8467.2868.7270.21
Latvia62.467.5770.0770.4669.9968.9269.08
Bulgaria62.3366.7870.2870.9171.0771.171.24
Ukraine61.8367.1169.6970.6670.5769.6569.15
Estonia61.7766.9269.3870.3170.2769.4369.32
Poland61.4465.8968.3169.7970.2870.3570.7
Croatia61.2663.6465.7267.4669.0269.970.59
Romania61.1563.2967.7867.3469.0269.5969.73
Macau6163.586668.0970.6673.0674.83
Lithuania60.8366.8869.8871.2871.1970.6770.53
Belarus60.7166.3269.1170.3770.5170.4170.14
Georgia60.6562.6564.6566.6568.1569.6469.63
Curacao60.6564.3566.568.1769.9372.1773.67
Lebanon60.4662.4364.0165.3666.767.5968.36
Aruba60.4464.3666.5868.2270.0571.5572.87
Portugal60.362.3764.4666.3768.3270.3972.51
Singapore60.1763.9566.4467.269.0671.0472.89
Bahamas60.0261.9763.6965.2266.6367.9269.09
Montenegro59.7762.1165.6168.3571.2772.5273.62
Cuba59.4462.3965.3968.5371.0273.1474.29
Serbia59.1261.664.2666.7268.5369.5370.2
Moldova59.0461.0762.8764.6465.1765.1565.1
Guyana58.8359.860.6961.5561.9562.362.66
Tonga58.6360.4762.364.0165.6366.8468.1
Jamaica58.6162.7365.7267.6169.0170.7372.03
Russia58.5164.7967.8868.4768.3167.5667.46
Antigua and Barbuda58.5161.0363.1865.0566.7168.1869.54
Azerbaijan58.4360.461.5362.6263.5363.9364.4
Brunei58.2861.0263.8265.9567.8369.4570.91
Taiwan58.1662.926566.9169.3870.7772.12
Seychelles57.9659.4162.8464.3966.9969.0270.33
Trinidad and Tobago57.8960.8264.0964.7765.4566.6667.26
Barbados57.2259.8462.1764.5966.3567.9669.47
Guam57.259.7262.2564.5966.6968.4970.01
Panama56.859.562.1564.3666.7469.2270.99
Grenada56.3458.9161.126364.5865.9367.11
Uzbekistan56.0757.959.7561.663.0263.9965.29
Costa Rica5658.7662.3765.1867.770.4973.42
Suriname55.9958.6960.5262.4263.9965.1166.53
Belize55.9258.6461.3464.2666.7268.6370.35
Martinique55.5958.8761.8664.6367.2869.771.88
Philippines55.4357.0958.6260.0861.4161.6762.87
Albania55.2659.3164.8566.2467.6969.770.61
Qatar55.1959.1662.8966.669.771.873.36
Kazakhstan55.0657.3159.561.6663.2564.2965.88
North Macedonia54.958.9662.1265.0267.3168.4668.91
Venezuela54.8457.7760.6863.2765.7267.3768.72
Malaysia54.857.9460.8863.3465.4467.2468.78
Chile54.6456.3858.3260.8363.9567.3870.57
Micronesia54.5856.5858.5860.5862.6764.7765.35
Sri Lanka54.5158.2960.2662.9265.1566.9669.09
Bosnia and Herzegovina53.6758.4661.9364.7367.5769.8770.72
Kuwait53.5558.2662.0264.8867.0768.7170.32
Vietnam53.557.2660.4962.3357.7666.1268.06
French Guiana53.3356.1659.564.465.7866.569.21
Guadeloupe53.3257.1560.5763.5966.2268.6270.79
Tajikistan53.0555.157.1959.2660.8462.0663.19
Kyrgyzstan52.8355.0857.3559.5761.2562.3864.03
Saint Lucia52.4255.2559.3661.5764.4967.3869.94
Fiji52.2154.756.9258.9360.7162.2363.67
Turkmenistan51.2853.4155.5157.6159.1760.2261.77
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines51.0855.1460.7763.9465.8266.6168.39
Brazil50.8352.9955.5457.9960.1361.3362.72
Thailand50.8153.356.0558.1960.6663.3265.75
New Caledonia50.7454.658.0361.0563.6966.0368.08
Mexico50.7255.358.560.3262.6165.3467.76
Colombia50.6755.257.9860.1161.864.0366.9
Mauritius50.1955.7461.2362.9663.5565.5868.1
French Polynesia48.9454.8657.159.2661.0362.8266.28
Ecuador48.6551.5954.7556.7858.961.6764.57
Zimbabwe48.5450.5952.4854.1355.7857.8460.54
South Africa48.5251.2753.0254.8456.6957.3458.35
Cape Verde48.0648.7749.4552.4355.2560.5262.37
South Korea47.9251.2354.8358.7863.0964.9967.38
Reunion47.8453.4157.761.4164.5867.2869.64
Botswana47.6749.7151.6153.3756.0759.3261.75
Syria47.650.5253.4956.8560.7964.2267.18
Mayotte47.252.7757.0360.6963.8566.5968.99
Palestine46.5948.2350.7554.0957.4560.9964.4
Jordan46.5150.6654.658.3861.8564.9467.23
Sao Tome and Principe46.448.8951.8654.4257.3660.2160.59
Kiribati46.3847.9950.6353.0355.5456.6457.33
Dominican Republic45.9749.9253.6156.9559.8762.0564.02
Samoa45.9348.4750.9953.495658.5160.98
Morocco45.6747.4549.5251.6453.5355.7459.58
Solomon Islands45.3847.9150.4352.9755.55858.74
Sudan44.5447.0849.2251.2453.065454.46
El Salvador44.2548.1251.5753.9255.7556.2257.14
Myanmar44.249.6251.8853.9855.9557.8355.95
Peru43.9346.349.1451.5255.5558.5361.59
United Arab Emirates43.8649.5954.759.663.3766.468.83
China43.8344.4744.5555.4761.6765.5167.75
Indonesia43.494750.253.0955.9358.4660.66
Mongolia43.1846.150.7353.8756.4356.8557.3
Republic of the Congo43.1546.8350.1652.4954.1155.4456.63
Bahrain42.9848.4655.2561.0965.3568.3370.5
Guatemala42.9245.4648.0150.9353.9756.1958.41
Algeria42.894547.2949.4751.4854.9361.57
Kenya42.344.7348.0250.7553.6856.3258.76
Nicaragua42.345.4548.6851.9955.2957.6559.5
Ghana42.1744.6646.948.6250.0351.653.05
Lesotho42.1545.0847.848.5249.852.2455.28
Zambia42.0744.1346.0847.8350.1651.4750.31
Saudi Arabia41.9444.4246.9850.2355.4560.7864.89
Vanuatu41.9444.9447.9450.8653.7856.7759.79
Honduras41.844.648.0351.0754.1257.7461.62
Namibia41.7545.2748.4351.253.5256.6358.34
Eswatini41.4443.4745.0546.6949.6152.6156.15
Tanzania41.2543.0344.3145.8347.749.950.64
Egypt41.1446.3549.351.5852.9656.7659.9
Djibouti41.0442.9545.1847.3550.952.5554.67
Turkey41.0143.6947.2250.7853.7557.0560.22
Laos40.9342.4343.9845.4848.449.8952.37
Bangladesh40.6744.2247.1949.3246.2752.2154.3
Iran40.5843.546.3849.1852.6756.7151.99
Cambodia40.3241.0541.3941.9737.8414.4845.08
Rwanda40.0241.5143.0244.1344.5845.7949.79
Bolivia40.0241.3942.9544.7246.6948.8651.22
Uganda4042.645.3948.1249.1449.3349.05
DR Congo39.0640.5541.6342.9944.7745.6347.13
Burundi39.0340.5242.0343.5344.2346.4348.03
Tunisia38.8140.7343.7448.3354.0859.3764.26
Comoros38.7240.4742.4744.4846.8549.0652.29
Mauritania38.5941.7245.1947.9350.2852.7355.76
Cameroon38.5440.4542.6844.8547.4250.0652.06
Papua New Guinea38.3140.9343.0446.8750.1253.7157.12
Iraq37.9344.9250.8856.3659.5161.7259
North Korea37.649.8851.6357.2461.7365.0467.06
Haiti37.4840.6243.5346.2248.150.0751.65
Pakistan37.0442.7347.4951.2554.1456.1157.76
Gabon373940.544.6548.7852.9157.03
Libya36.6738.9946.8853.3158.3962.4665.55
India36.6239.6542.7346.0249.3952.5454.93
Madagascar36.3238.7541.1743.5445.9748.0849.66
Malawi36.2637.2138.4239.541.7643.7845.57
Chad36.0637.3638.740.1442.5243.9845.38
Oman36.0540.5444.7148.5552.2557.3561.9
Guinea Bissau35.8837.1938.6340.642.4844.4946.6
Western Sahara35.4837.439.2941.2343.2647.5751.88
Senegal35.4737.4938.6238.4140.9146.551.27
Togo35.338.6641.8945.0248.0750.9353.58
Yemen34.734.734.7139.1443.2948.0853.03
Niger34.534.8135.2935.6236.3237.7540.26
Equatorial Guinea34.4835.9937.4938.9940.542.0445.54
Maldives34.4736.0938.9842.4246.2450.6655.49
Ethiopia34.0836.6840.0842.1443.5244.2643.52
Eritrea34.0836.6840.0842.1544.1145.9147.33
Nepal34.0134.5636.239.0842.0244.9348.34
Somalia33.9935.9937.9739.9941.9143.7845.48
Nigeria33.8135.838.1339.9742.0344.2946.02
Benin33.7236.1338.4240.8743.4846.2248.3
Central African Republic33.4435.537.5740.1643.947.6249.56
Liberia33.1334.1935.3937.9240.7844.5246.97
Guinea33.0734.3335.3836.1437.4339.8743.05
Bhutan32.2633.7835.4738.241.0643.6947.39
Ivory Coast32.1435.0938.6441.6445.7949.2451.59
Angola31.3932.5434.0936.0438.054040.89
Mozambique31.2933.7936.1838.1440.3742.2141.47
Burkina Faso30.9433.2935.5938.0440.2843.448.4
Gambia30.2431.5232.7935.7840.0444.2148.2
Timor Leste29.9732.4834.9837.4939.9531.1839.91
Sierra Leone28.8229.8730.9932.6336.7839.740.85
Afghanistan28.6131.1233.4135.5837.8340.3943.56
South Sudan27.9230.5932.7234.8836.738.6839.45
Mali26.9627.9828.6130.7934.237.7141.55
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Past Life Expectancy by Country 2024

Which country has the oldest life expectancy in the world?

According to the United Nations, as of 2023, Monaco had the longest life expectancy of 87.01 years.

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