This is the average life expectancy for every country in the world

Peter Terlato 23 May 2016

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Bad news if you're born in Angola.

People are living longer nowadays, with the average life expectancy rising five years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) Monitoring Health Statistics 2016, the African region recorded the greatest increase in the last half decade, up 9.4 years to 60 years of age.

The rise has been credited to improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV, WHO reported.

These significant gains have reversed declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa due to the breakout of the AIDS epidemic and following the collapse of the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe.

Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years, however an individual child's outlook depends on which country or region he or she is born.

The report reveals that newborns in 29 high-income countries have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 sub-Saharan Africa nations have an average life expectancy of less than 60 years.

Japanese women will outlive us all, according to the data, with the highest average lifespan of 86.8 years.

Fellas, yodelling must be good for your health as Swiss men have the longest average survival rate for men, at 81.3 years.

Globally, newborns in 2015 can expect a healthy life expectancy (a measure of the number of years of good health) of 63.1 years.

Australians born in 2015 can expect to live almost a decade above that average, with a healthy lifespan of almost 72 years.

Check the figures across the world on the infographic below. Hover over any country to see the figure.

While our life expectancy continues to rise, Australians are visiting the hospital less but paying more in fees.

If you're looking for comprehensive hospital and extras policy cover for you and your family, you can easily compare health insurance providers or find the right life insurance policies to suit your needs.

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