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Average Life Span Expectancy Chart - How Long Will I Live

  • Published: 2009-03-19 (Rev. 2015-11-10) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: 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.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Life Expectancy (Longevity)

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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"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)

Today humans have an average life span of 31.99 years in Swaziland and 82 years in Japan. 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 a 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)

RankCountry/territoryLife expectancy at birth (Yrs)
OverallMaleFemale

World average67.265.069.5
1Japan82.679.086.1
2Hong Kong82.279.485.1
3Iceland81.880.283.3
4Switzerland81.779.084.2
5Australia81.278.983.6
6Spain80.977.784.2
7Sweden80.978.783.0
8Israel80.778.582.8
9Macau80.778.582.8
10France (metropolitan)80.777.184.1
11Canada80.778.382.9
12Italy80.577.583.5
13New Zealand80.278.282.2
14Norway80.277.882.5
15Singapore80.078.081.9
16Austria79.876.982.6
17Netherlands79.877.581.9
18Martinique79.576.582.3
19Greece79.577.181.9
20Belgium79.476.582.3
21Malta79.477.381.3
22United Kingdom79.477.281.6
23Germany79.476.582.1
24Virgin Islands79.475.583.3
25Finland79.376.182.4
26Guadeloupe79.276.082.2
27Channel Islands Jersey Guernsey79.076.681.5
28Cyprus79.076.581.6
29Ireland78.976.581.3
30Costa Rica78.876.581.2
31Puerto Rico78.774.782.7
32Luxembourg78.775.781.6
33United Arab Emirates78.777.281.5
34South Korea78.675.082.2
35Chile78.675.581.5
36Denmark78.376.080.6
37Cuba78.376.280.4
38United States78.275.680.8
39Portugal78.175.081.2
40Slovenia77.974.181.5
41Kuwait77.676.079.9
42Barbados77.374.479.8
43Brunei77.175.079.7
44Czech Republic76.573.479.5
45Reunion76.472.380.5
46Albania76.473.479.7
47Uruguay76.472.879.9
48Mexico76.273.778.6
49Belize76.173.379.2
50New Caledonia76.172.879.7
51French Guiana75.972.579.9
52Croatia75.772.379.2
53Oman75.674.277.5
54Bahrain75.674.377.5
55Qatar75.675.276.4
56Poland75.671.379.8
57Panama75.573.078.2
58Guam75.573.377.9
59Argentina75.371.679.1
60Netherlands Antilles75.171.378.8
61Ecuador75.072.178.0
62Bosnia and Herzegovina74.972.277.4
63Slovakia74.770.778.5
64Montenegro74.572.476.8
65Vietnam74.272.376.2
66Malaysia74.272.076.7
67Netherlands - Antilles
74.271.377.1
68Republic of Macedonia74.271.876.6
69Syria74.172.376.1
70French Polynesia74.171.776.8
71Serbia74.071.776.3
72Libya74.071.776.9
73Tunisia (10% above world average)73.971.976.0
74Venezuela73.770.976.8
75Saint Lucia73.771.875.6
76Bahamas73.570.676.3
77Palestinian territories73.471.875.0
78Hungary73.369.277.4
79Tonga73.372.374.3
80Bulgaria73.069.576.7
81Lithuania73.067.578.3
82People's Republic of China73.071.374.8
83Nicaragua72.969.976.0
84Colombia72.969.276.6
85Mauritius72.869.576.2
86Saudi Arabia72.870.975.3
87Latvia72.767.377.7
88Jamaica72.670.075.2
89Jordan72.570.874.5
90Romania72.569.076.1
91Sri Lanka72.468.876.2
92Brazil72.468.876.1
93Algeria72.370.973.7
94Dominican Republic72.269.375.5
95Lebanon72.069.974.2
96Armenia72.068.475.1
97El Salvador71.968.874.9
98Turkey71.869.474.3
99Paraguay71.869.773.9
100Philippines71.769.573.9
101Cape Verde71.768.374.5
102Saint Vincent and the Grenadines71.669.573.8
103Samoa71.568.574.8
104Peru71.468.974.0
105Estonia71.465.976.8
106Egypt71.369.173.6
107Morocco71.269.073.4
108Georgia (country)71.067.174.8
109Iran71.069.472.6
110Indonesia70.768.772.7
111Thailand70.666.575.0
112Guatemala70.366.773.8
113Suriname70.267.073.6
114Honduras70.266.973.7
115Vanuatu70.068.372.1
116Trinidad and Tobago69.867.871.8
117Belarus69.063.175.2
118Moldova68.965.172.5
119Fiji68.866.671.1
120Grenada68.767.070.3
121Federated States of Micronesia68.567.769.3
122Maldives68.567.669.5
123Ukraine67.962.173.8
124Azerbaijan67.563.871.2
125North Korea67.365.169.3
126Uzbekistan (world average)67.264.070.4
127Kazakhstan67.061.672.4
128Guyana66.864.269.9
129Mongolia66.863.969.9
130Tajikistan66.764.169.4
131Western Sahara65.964.368.1
132Kyrgyzstan65.962.069.9
133Bhutan65.664.067.5
134Bolivia65.663.467.7
135Sao Tome and Principe65.563.667.4
136Pakistan65.565.265.8
137Russia65.559.072.6
138Comoros65.263.067.4
139India64.763.266.4
140Laos64.463.065.8
141Mauritania64.262.466.0
142Bangladesh64.163.265.0
143Nepal63.863.264.2
144Solomon Islands63.662.764.5
145Turkmenistan63.259.067.5
146Senegal63.161.065.1
147Yemen62.761.164.3
148Myanmar62.159.065.3
149Haiti60.959.162.8
150East Timor (10% below world average)60.860.061.7
151Ghana60.059.660.5
152Cambodia59.757.361.9
153Iraq59.557.861.5
154Gambia59.458.660.3
155Madagascar59.457.761.3
156Sudan58.657.160.1
157Togo58.456.760.1
158Eritrea58.055.660.3
159Papua New Guinea57.254.660.4
160Niger56.957.856.0
161Gabon56.756.457.1
162Benin56.755.657.8
163Guinea56.054.457.6
164Republic of the Congo55.354.056.6
165Djibouti54.853.656.0
166Mali54.552.156.6
167Kenya (20% below world average)54.153.055.2
168Ethiopia52.951.754.3
169Namibia52.952.553.1
170Tanzania52.551.453.6
171Burkina Faso52.350.753.8
172Equatorial Guinea51.650.452.8
173Uganda51.550.852.2
174Botswana50.750.550.7
175Chad50.649.352.0
176Cameroon50.450.050.8
177Burundi49.648.151.0
178South Africa49.348.849.7
179Cote d'Ivoire48.347.549.3
180Malawi48.348.148.4
181Somalia48.246.949.4
182Nigeria (30% below world average)46.946.447.3
183Democratic Republic of the Congo46.545.247.7
184Guinea-Bissau46.444.947.9
185Rwanda46.244.647.8
186Liberia45.744.846.6
187Central African Republic44.743.346.1
188Afghanistan43.843.943.8
189Zimbabwe43.544.142.6
190Angola42.741.244.3
191Lesotho42.642.942.3
192Sierra Leone42.641.044.1
193Zambia42.442.142.5
194Mozambique42.141.742.4
195Swaziland (40% below world average)39.639.839.4

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.

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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).

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