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Spain set for world's highest life expectancy: 11 reasons why
12 November 2018 @ 14:09

LIFE expectancy in Spain is already the highest in Europe and the fourth on earth, beaten only by Japan, Singapore and South Korea – the first country expected to break the 90 barrier within the next two decades – but Spaniards are predicted to become the longest-living on earth within the relatively near future.

Outstripping Japan and Singapore, who are on course to have an average life expectancy for men and women of 85.7 by the year 2040 – and possibly exceeding South Korea if its own figure shrinks or fails to grow as predicted – Spain could be the country where people live the longest, with a forecast average of 85.8 years, or 10-and-a-half weeks short of 86.

Exact breakdowns for men and women have not been given, although typically, men in Europe live three fewer years than women, so their life expectancy is likely to be around 84.3 years to women's 87.3 years.


Spaniards 'smoke more but live longer'

A recent article in The Times, which revealed that the UK's life expectancy is forecast to be 2.5 years lower than that of Spain in the year 2040, asked what Spain is 'doing right': “They drink, they smoke, so why are the Spanish living so long?” The report asks.



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