Top 10 Countries with the Highest Life Expectancy

Andorra, number 1 with highest expectancy rate.
Andorra, number 1 with highest expectancy rate. | Source

Living a long life might be difficult for some people. However, people indulging in a healthy lifestyle can have long life spans. A healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy food and avoids too much drinking of alcohol and smoking.

There are other factors at play also. Easy access to medical treatment, food, proper sanitation and a clean environment are elements that help improve life expectancy rates. Secure and stable communities also would tend to see people living longer lives as opposed to those situated in war zones or areas with high levels of violence.

Given the above factors, it wouldn't be surprising to note that high life expectancy rates can be found in developed countries.

The following places and countries are fairly noted for their high life expectancy rates:

Port of St. John in Guernsey
Port of St. John in Guernsey | Source

10.Island of Guernsey

The Island of Guernsey has a life expectancy of 80.42 years. Some people might not have heard of this place. It is a British Crown dependency situated in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.

You can imagine why people living in the island are very healthy because the country is very rich. Guernsey residents pay very low taxes. People have the means to avail of the best in medical treatment and food consumption. Residents of this rich island are mostly working for financial companies.

9.Australia

In ninth place is Australia whose life expectancy is at 80.50 years. Most of its people live a healthy life due to the high rates of education and a fairly well developed economy. However, white people of Australia have 20 years more in terms of life expectancy compared with the aborigine people. This is probably because the native aborigines are less prosperous and are situated in less developed communities. However, based on recent researches, most Australians lately have been encountering problems with obesity. It seems that the life expectancy here could decrease in years to come.


Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia | Source
Davos, Switzerland
Davos, Switzerland | Source

8.Switzerland

With 80.51 years of life of expectancy, people of Switzerland live in a country in which it has proper medical care as well as healthy food and good social services. The stability and relative wealth in the country is a major factor for its high life expectancy rate.

7.Sweden

Sweden has the same rate of life expectancy with Switzerland. It is interesting to note that this country has a very low rate of smokers in the world.


Akasaka Palace, Minato-ku Tokyo Japan, designed by Tokuma Katayama in 1909. National Treasures of Japan.
Akasaka Palace, Minato-ku Tokyo Japan, designed by Tokuma Katayama in 1909. National Treasures of Japan. | Source
Vibrant Hong kong
Vibrant Hong kong
Singapore
Singapore | Source

6.Japan

Japan has a life expectancy of 81.25 years. This place is a center of industry. The typical Japanese diet is considered very healthy, consisting of food such as fish, rice, vegetables and noodles.

5.Hongkong

Just like Japan, people in Hong Kong also have very healthy lifestyle as their basic diet consists of lots of vegetables, rice and noodles. Meat is rarely consumed and junk food is less popular. Rates of obesity are very low. Fewer heart diseases of those people are due to their habit of walking and exercising. Life expectancy in Hongkong is 81.59 years

4.Singapore

Singapore is at the fourth place of high life expectancy at 81.71 years. Prosperity is the key factor in this case, just like other countries in this list. The government cares a lot about the well being of its residents. Everything in the country is properly planned and it has the most organized governmental system among those other Southeast Asian countries. Undoubtedly, Singapore’s health care is top notch.

San Marino, Italy
San Marino, Italy | Source
Macau Tower and Sai Van Bridge
Macau Tower and Sai Van Bridge | Source

3.San Marino, Italy

In third place is San Marino with 81.71 years of life expectancy. Located in Central Italy, it is one of the smallest states in Europe as well as the oldest republic in the world.

2.Macau

In second place is another Asian country, Macau. It has almost the highest in 82.19 years of life expectancy due to its increasingly high boosting economy. This island boasts great income from tourists, businesses and gamblers. The government revenue form the gambling industry helps in the investment on better public health access and other vital social services.

1.Andorra

The country with the highest life expectancy is Andorra at 83.51 years. Like San Marino, it is one of the smallest states in the world. It is a prosperous country due to tourism and as a tax haven. As with the others in this list, it has used its prosperity to establish an environment that improves life expectancy. The health care system is excellent and there is hardly any unemployment in the country, meaning its citizens are all with means to maintain and pursue a healthy lifestyle.


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sarovai 4 years ago

It is really amazing America is not in the list. Any way so many countries are there with good things , which needed to adopted by other countries to increase the life expectancy. Thank u for sharing this hub.


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nanospeck 4 years ago

I'm hearing about the place 'Island of Guernsey' for the first time :) . Thanks for the compilation . Great hub!!!


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Sarovai, if you will notice, 3 of the countries in the list are really small nations in terms of population: Andorra, San Marino and Singapore. The Crown Dependency of the Island of Guernsey also has a very small population. Couple that with high level of national wealth and development, it is easy for their governments to provide for an environment that would increase life expectancy rates. The U.S. has a huge population, the challenges are therefore much bigger. You are right in that there is something we could learn from these countries. Thank you for your comment.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Nanospeck, I wasn't aware myself of the Island of Guernsey until I started doing some research on this hub. I was quite familiar with the small European states such as Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein and Malta. I thought dependencies and protectorates were a thing of the past after the downfall of colonialism. There is always something new to learn. Thank you for your comments.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Tells you something about the U.S. health care system that the U.S. is not in the top ten. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comment Alocsin. A proper and comprehensive healthcare system is a key element in boosting life expectancy rates. The list shows us that. Elections are coming up over there, I'm sure healthcare will be among the hot issues up for debate among the candidates.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Do you have any idea where on this list the Philippines ranks?


PWalker281 4 years ago

Very interesting hub on life expectancy. I've never heard of Andorra. Is that in Italy, too? Rated up and interesting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Interesting read. I'm glad Singapore is in the list. I'm originally from Singaproe. I've never heard of Guernsey either.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Alocsin, the Philippines hovers around 100 in the list. The life expectancy is about 71.7 years.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

PWalker281, Andorra is a small state located in the Pyrenees mountains and bordered by France and Spain. It is the sixth smallest country in Europe. Thank you for your comment.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comment Anglnwu. In Southeast Asia, Singapore is held up as a model for progress and development. I think it is a given that imporvements in quality of life goes in hand in hand with economic progress, especially if guided by an enlightened and well-meaning government.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Seems u got amazing knowledge on this interesting topic. I have not heard of Andorra and The Island of Guernsey till now through u! U expanded my knowledge about other countries having the highest life expectancy. Switzerland and Sweden are Already well-known for their high life expectancy yet they did not top this list! Good hub! Thank u for sharing. Vote up.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments ishwaryaa22. Switzerland and Sweden may not be in the top ten, but they definitely rank quite high as well.

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