Life expectancy is the average life span of a newborn in a country or region. This is calculated with the current mortality rates at each age with the assumption that these will be stable in future. People who have already survived into old age would have a higher life expectancy as they have already survived childhood and many decades of adulthood†. It should also be noted that women generally live six to eight years longer than men such that this estimate is low for women and high for men. Life expectancy relates to standard of living, lifestyle, social infrastructure, political stability and economic development. As such, all the countries on the list below are either developed countries or very close to being developed countries.
|Rank||Country||Life Expectancy At Birth|
|1||Hong Kong SAR, China||84.9|
Notes† With each decade you survive, your life expectancy goes up a little as compared to a newborn if you assume that mortality rates will remain stable into the future. This can be demonstrated with a thought experiment. For example, a 100 year old has a higher life expectancy than a 20 year old because they have made it through 80 more years of risk and survived.†† The outlier on the list above is the United States which has an unusually low life expectancy given its high GDP per capita.
Several regions and territories with a small population were excluded from the list above in order to represent major populations.
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ReferencesWorld Health Organization, Global Health Observatory, "Female life expectancy", 2020.World Bank, Life expectancy at birth, 2020.
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