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Average Life Span Expectancy Chart - How Long Will I Live

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-03-19 (Rev. 2017-05-14) - How long will I live for is a chart and picture graph of male and female life span expectant averages by country and average age to death. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.
Life Expectancy (Longevity)

Life Expectancy, or longevity, is defined as the expected number of years of life remaining at a given age denoted by ex, which means the average number of subsequent years of life for someone now aged x, according to a particular mortality experience. In modern times, life expectancy has substantially changed on a yearly basis and cannot be used accurately for long-term predictions. The word "longevity" is sometimes used as a synonym for "life expectancy" in demography - however, the term "longevity" is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long lived members of a population, whereas "life expectancy" is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age.

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Quote: "The oldest confirmed recorded age for any human ever born is 122 years of age..."

Life expectancy is the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. It is the average expected lifespan of an individual. Today humans have an average life span of 31.99 years in Swaziland and 82 years in Japan. Our chart shows statistics for the average age you will live based on various world countries.

How long will I live for?

This is a question everyone asks at some stage in their life - How long will I live? When will I die? Life expectancy statistics is based on the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. Life span is the average expected years to live of an individual from birth. Our life statistics chart shows how long males and females can expect to live for in various world countries. (Age in years from birth to death)

The oldest confirmed recorded age for any human ever born is 122 years of age, though some people are reported to have lived longer there are no records to confirm these claims.

There are, of course, great variations in life expectancy statistics worldwide, mostly caused by differences in public health, medical care and diet from country to country. Climate also has an effect on what age you will live to, and the way data is collected can also be an important influence.

There are also variations between various groups within single countries. For instance significant differences occur in life span expectancy between males and females in France and many other developed countries, with women tending to outlive men by five years and over. These gender differences have been steadily decreasing in recent years, with statistics showing male life expectancy improving at a faster rate than that of females.

Poverty, in particular, tends to have a very substantial effect on life span expectancy. An example being the United Kingdom life expectancy in many of the wealthiest areas is currently on average ten years longer than the poorer areas and today the gap appears to be increasing as life span expectancy for the more wealthy continues to increase while in poorer regions of the U.K. there has been little increase.

Interestingly persons with serious mental illness tend to die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general public, with three out of five mentally ill dying from mainly preventable physical diseases such as Heart/Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Dyslipidaemia, Respiratory ailments, Pneumonia, and Influenza.

You may also be interested in our Calculator Showing Age in Days Weeks Months Since Birth (Opens new window)

Below is an updated list of countries by life expectancy at birth, the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year (Length of Life). There are currently only 6 countries worldwide where BOTH males and females have a life expectancy over 80 years. These countries are Australia, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.

Chart of Countries Listed by Average Life Expectancy
Country/territoryOverallMalesFemales
Afghanistan616062
Albania787680
Algeria747277
Andorran/an/an/a
Angola525053
Antigua and Barbuda777480
Argentina777380
Armenia757278
Australia
(Life Expectancy by Australian State and Territory)
828084
Austria817884
Azerbaijan747277
Bahamas747177
Bahrain767576
Bangladesh717071
Barbados757378
Belarus736778
Belgium807883
Belize747177
Benin595861
Bhutan686869
Bolivia676569
Bosnia-Herzegovina757278
Botswana646267
Brazil757179
Brunei797780
Bulgaria757178
Burkina Faso565657
Burundi595761
Cambodia646166
Cameroon575658
Canada
(Life Expectancy by Canadian Province and Territory)
817984
Cape Verde757180
Central African Republic504852
Chad515052
Channel Islands828085
Chile797681
China757378
Colombia757279
Comoros616062
Congo585759
Congo, Dem. Rep. of504852
Costa Rica797782
Cote d'Ivoire515052
Croatia777481
Cuba787780
Curacao787581
Cyprus807882
Czech Republic797682
Denmark817983
Djibouti626063
Dominica757277
Dominican Republic737077
Ecuador757278
Egypt717073
El Salvador736877
Equatorial Guinea575659
Eritrea636065
Estonia777381
Ethiopia646265
Federated States of Micronesia706972
Fiji706773
Finland817884
France827985
French Guiana807783
French Polynesia777579
Gabon636264
Gambia595860
Georgia757179
Germany807883
Ghana616063
Greece817883
Grenada767479
Guadeloupe817884
Guam797682
Guatemala736976
Guinea605861
Guinea-Bissau545356
Guyana666469
Haiti646165
Honduras747276
Hong Kong, SAR848187
Hungary767279
Iceland828184
India
(Indian Life Expectancy by States)
686669
Indonesia716973
Iran747276
Iraq696771
Ireland817983
Israel828084
Italy838085
Jamaica747078
Japan838087
Jordan747377
Kazakhstan706675
Kenya626065
Kiribati656368
Korea, North706674
Korea, South827985
Kosovo777479
Kuwait747376
Kyrgyzstan706674
Laos686770
Latvia747079
Lebanon777679
Lesotho444346
Liberia605961
Libya716974
Liechtenstein828184
Lithuania746979
Luxembourg828084
Macao, SAR838086
Macedonia757377
Madagascar656466
Malawi616062
Malaysia757377
Maldives747375
Mali535353
Malta828084
Marshall Islands727075
Martinique827985
Mauritania636264
Mauritius747178
Mayotte797683
Mexico757378
Moldova726876
Monacon/an/an/a
Mongolia696575
Montenegro777479
Morocco747375
Mozambique545256
Myanmar656367
Namibia646267
Nauru666270
Nepal676669
Netherlands817983
Netherlands Antilles---
New Caledonia777481
New Zealand818083
Nicaragua757278
Niger605961
Nigeria525253
Norway828084
Oman777579
Pakistan666667
Palau726976
Palestinian Territory737275
Panama787580
Papua New Guinea626065
Paraguay727074
Peru757278
Philippines696572
Poland787482
Portugal807783
Puerto Rico797683
Qatar787879
Reunion807784
Romania757178
Russia716576
Rwanda656366
Samoa747376
San Marino878489
Sao Tome and Principe666468
Saudi Arabia747375
Senegal656367
Serbia757378
Seychelles736978
Sierra Leone505051
Singapore838085
Slovakia767380
Slovenia817884
Solomon Islands706774
Somalia555357
South Africa615963
South Sudan555456
Spain838086
Sri Lanka747177
St. Kitts-Nevis757378
St. Lucia797583
St. Vincent & the Grenadines717074
Sudan626064
Suriname716874
Swaziland495048
Sweden828084
Switzerland838185
Syria706476
Taiwan807783
Tajikistan676471
Tanzania626063
Thailand757278
Timor-Leste686669
Togo575657
Tonga767477
Trinidad and Tobago757178
Tunisia767478
Turkey777579
Turkmenistan656170
Tuvalu706772
Uganda595860
Ukraine716676
United Arab Emirates777678
United Kingdom
(Life Expectancy for U.K. Countries and Regions)
817983
United States
(Life Expectancy by U.S. State)
797681
Uruguay777380
Uzbekistan686572
Vanuatu717073
Venezuela757278
Vietnam737176
Western Sahara686670
Yemen656267
Zambia535156
Zimbabwe616062

Source: PRB 2014 and 2015 World Population Data Sheets.

As can be seen by the chart there is still a large difference in statistics between average length of life in third world countries than in many Western countries today.

World life expectancy map shaded by ages
About This Image: World life expectancy map shaded by ages

Facts: Longevity

  • Various factors contribute to an individual's longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates.
  • In preindustrial times, deaths at young and middle age were more common than they are today, and lifespans past 70 years were comparatively rare.
  • Studies have estimated that approximately 20 to 30% of an individual's lifespan is related to genetics, the rest is due to individual behaviors and environmental factors which can be modified.
  • Women normally outlive men, and this was as true in pre-industrial times as today. Theories for this include smaller bodies (and thus less stress on the heart), a stronger immune system (since testosterone acts as an immuno-suppressant), and less tendency to engage in physically dangerous activities.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau view on the future of longevity is that life expectancy in the United States will be in the mid-80s by 2050 (up from 77.85 in 2006) and will top out eventually in the low 90s, barring major scientific advances that can change the rate of human aging itself, as opposed to merely treating the effects of aging as is done today.

View further information on Longevity and Life Span Expectancy

Statistics: Life Expectancy

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Andorra currently has the world's longest life expectancy of 83.5 years.

Statistically the average life expectancy of all people in the world is currently 66.26 years (64.3 years for males and 68.35 years for females).

Longest Living Persons Include:

  • Jeralean Talley (born 1899): the oldest living person in the world.
  • Sarah Knauss (1880 - 1999, 119 years, 97 days): the second oldest documented person in modern times and the oldest American.
  • Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (1788 - 1899, 110 years, 135 days): first person to reach the age of 110 (on September 21, 1898) and whose age could be validated.
  • Jiroemon Kimura (1897-2013): celebrated his 116th birthday in April 2013, was the oldest man in history whose age has been verified by modern documentation, and died on 12 June 2013.
  • Jeanne Calment (1875 - 1997, 122 years, 164 days): the oldest person in history whose age has been verified by modern documentation. This defines the modern human life span, which is set by the oldest documented individual who ever lived.

Related Information:

  1. Marriage and Life Expectancy Span - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft - (2010-05-12)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/news/offbeat/married-life.php
  2. DNA Telomeres Predict Our Life Expectancy - Brigham Young University - (2015-02-09)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/longevity/dna-telomeres.php
  3. Biological Age Calculator: Check Your True Health Age - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-30)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/calculators-charts/health-age.php




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