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Interactive: Average life expectancy of every country in the world

What's the average life expectancy around the world? Use our map and list below to compare countries.

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

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

Note - No data was available for the following countries: Andorra, Cape Verde, Dominica, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macao, Monaco, Nauru, Palau, Palestine, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Somaliland, Taiwan, Vatican, and Western Sahara.

CountryLife expectancy
Afghanistan52.2
Albania68.8
Algeria66
Andorra-
Angola45.8
Antigua and Barb.67.5
Argentina67.6
Armenia66.8
Australia71.9
Austria72
Azerbaijan64.7
Bahamas66.6
Bahrain67
Bangladesh62.3
Barbados66.6
Belarus65.1
Belgium71.1
Belize62.3
Benin52.5
Bhutan61.2
Bolivia62.2
Bosnia and Herzegovina68.6
Botswana56.9
Brazil65.5
Brunei70.4
Bulgaria66.4
Burkina Faso52.6
Burundi52.2
Cambodia58.9
Cameroon50.3
Canada72.3
Cape Verde-
Central African Republic45.9
Chad46.1
Chile70.4
China68.5
Colombia65.1
Comoros55.9
Congo56.6
Costa Rica69.7
Cote d'Ivoire47
Croatia69.4
Cuba69.2
Cyprus71.3
Czech Republic69.4
Democratic Republic of the Congo51.7
Denmark71.2
Djibouti55.8
Dominica-
Dominican Republic65.1
Ecuador67
Egypt62.2
El Salvador64.1
Equatorial Guinea51.2
Eritrea55.9
Estonia68.9
Ethiopia56.1
Falkland Islands-
Fiji62.9
Finland71
France72.6
French Guiana-
Gabon57.2
Gambia53.8
Georgia66.5
Germany71.3
Ghana55.3
Greece71.9
Greenland-
Grenada65
Guatemala62.1
Guinea51.7
Guinea-Bissau51.5
Guyana58.9
Haiti55.4
Honduras64.9
Hong Kong-
Hungary67.4
Iceland72.7
India59.5
Indonesia62.2
Iran66.6
Iraq60
Ireland71.5
Israel72.8
Italy72.8
Jamaica66.9
Japan74.9
Jordan65
Kazakhstan63.3
Kenya55.6
Kiribati59.1
Korea, North64
Korea, South73.2
Kosovo-
Kuwait65.8
Kyrgyzstan63.8
Lao PDR57.9
Latvia67.1
Lebanon65.7
Lesotho46.6
Liberia52.7
Libya63.8
Liechtenstein-
Lithuania66
Luxembourg71.8
Macao-
Macedonia67.5
Madagascar56.9
Malawi51.2
Malaysia66.5
Mali51.1
Malta71.7
Mauritania55.1
Mauritius66.8
Mexico67.4
Micronesia62.5
Moldova64.8
Monaco-
Mongolia62
Montenegro67.9
Morocco64.9
Mozambique49.6
Myanmar59.2
Namibia57.5
Nauru-
Nepal61.1
Netherlands72.2
New Zealand71.6
Nicaragua63.7
Niger54.2
Nigeria47.7
Norway72
Oman66.7
Pakistan57.8
Palau-
Palestine-
Panama68.1
Papua New Guinea56.4
Paraguay65.2
Peru65.6
Philippines61.1
Poland68.7
Portugal71.4
Puerto Rico-
Qatar67.7
Romania66.8
Russia63.3
Rwanda56.6
San Marino-
Saudi Arabia64.5
Senegal58.3
Serbia67.7
Sierra Leone44.4
Singapore73.9
Slovakia68.1
Slovenia71.1
Somalia47.8
Somaliland-
South Africa54.5
South Sudan49.9
Spain72.4
Sri Lanka67
Sudan55.9
Suriname63.1
Swaziland50.9
Sweden72
Switzerland73.1
Syria56.1
Taiwan-
Tajikistan62.1
Tanzania54.1
Thailand66.8
Timor-Leste60.7
Togo52.8
Trinidad and Tobago63.3
Tunisia66.7
Turkey66.2
Turkmenistan59.8
Uganda54
Ukraine64.1
United Arab Emirates67.9
United Kingdom71.4
United States69.1
Uruguay67.9
Uzbekistan62.4
Vatican-
Venezuela65.2
Vietnam66.6
Western Sahara-
Yemen57.7
Zambia53.6
Zimbabwe52.3

How is life expectancy trending around the world?

Looking at the data, we found the following trends interesting:

1. Africa is on the rise

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.

2. Medical advancements and other factors are key to increasing life expectancy

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.

3. While global life expectancy increases, the region you're born in batters

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.

4. Japanese women will live the longest

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

5. Swiss expect to live the longest amongst men

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

6. Australia ahead of the world

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.

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