A lot of people wish to live to a long and healthy life. However, studies have shown that one of the most important factors in life expectancy is having enough wealth to allow one to eat healthy foods. Smoking is also a crucial factor that can significantly reduce life expectancy.
In addition, it was found that the richer a person is, the greater their access to better health care. Rich nations are also known to have low rates of both civil unrest and violent crimes. For more information, here are the top ten places in the world with the longest life expectancy.
10. Guernsey – 80.42 years
Located in the English Channel, the British Crown dependency, Guernsey is extremely wealthy and is known for its high life expectancy. Guernsey has very low taxes, making it a haven for tax exiles. Locals here are able to afford the best medical care and they normally eat healthy, organic foods. Most of the jobs available in the island are well-paid desk jobs and more than half of their income comes from the financial services sector. In addition, there’s not much industrial and heavy-duty jobs on the island that can pose significant health risks and hazards to their residents.
9. Australia – 80.50 years
Australia is also one of those countries that have a very high life expectancy. White Aussies, in general, live longer than their indigenous counterparts primarily because they are more prosperous and have access to the best medical facilities. These Australians have stable jobs that can sustain their daily needs and allow them to consume nutritious foods. During the start of the 20th century, Australia’s life expectancy at birth was about 59 years for females and 55 years for males. Within the period of 1901 to 2000, this has drastically increased by 21.4 years for males and 23.3 years for the females.
8. Switzerland – 80.51 years
If you live in Switzerland, then you can expect a very high life expectancy. The country has a very stable economy, which is actually one of the factors that increase their longevity. Their strong economy allows the citizens to maintain a healthy diet as well as avail of the best healthcare, which their government is able to adequately provide. Other than wealth, Switzerland is also known for its neutrality. This means that the citizens are less likely to die because of war, terrorism, and armed conflict.
7. Sweden – 80.51 years
Money, while it is said that it can never buy happiness, is a very important means in achieving better living standards. Despite the fact that the economic downturn that Sweden experienced in the late 1990’s resulted in some stringent measures that tightened their public health systems, they are still one of the world’s best places to live in. Sweden has the lowest number of smokers in the so-called developed world, thus, only a few people die because of complications from smoking.
6. Japan – 81.25 years
Japan is a country known for its consciousness when it comes to health issues. They have one of the lowest rates of adult obesity in the world. This is because a lot of the Japanese are disciplined enough to stop eating when they feel that they are already about 80 percent full. Their usual meal includes rice, noodles, fish, and vegetables. One more thing about the Japanese is that they are not that dependent on cars unlike those in the West, as they prefer walking and other means of transportation such as biking.
5. Hong Kong – 81.59 years
Just like the Japanese, the citizens of Hong Kong prefer to eat vegetables, tofu, and fish rather than pork and chicken. They generally eat a balanced diet. This would imply that Hong Kong has a relatively low obesity rate. In addition, people are less likely to die due to heart diseases and dietary-based cancers because of their healthy lifestyle.
4. Singapore – 81.71 years
During the 1980’s, Singapore was proclaimed to be one of the countries in the world with the highest life expectancy. Aside from being a wealthy country, this is due to the fact that they were able to establish excellent health care facilities for the aging population.Through these facilities, Singapore was able to take care of their elders and ensure that they would still be able to live a comfortable life.
3. San Marino – 81.71 years
San Marino may be the third smallest state in Europe and the world’s oldest republic but they rank third in the list of countries with the highest life expectancy. This is primarily because of the state’s prosperity and the fact that the majority of the inhabitants in San Marino are employed in corporate offices instead of having blue collar jobs. To them, hard labor is tantamount to having a shorter lifespan.
2. Macau – 82.19 years
With Macau, people who love to bet their luck on casinos do not have to travel all the way to Las Vegas. This island in the South China Sea is competing with other countries in terms of economic strength and stability. The money and investments that they get from tourists and venture capitalists, most especially those from the mainland China, triggered an economic boom which they are still experiencing until now. In fact, the profit that Macau gets from gambling reaches about 70 percent of the total income of the country. In turn, the government makes sure that their revenues are invested heavily in public health care.
1. Andorra – 83.51 years
Andorra may not be a country that is familiar to everyone but it is the place that has the highest life expectancy in the world. Andorra is situated between Spain and France, and has once been one of the poorest countries in the European region. Fortunately, Andorra became a very famous tourist spot after the second world war. They have approximately 71,000 inhabitants and all of them are enjoying the privilege of having a thriving economy that includes public health care facilities as well as regular nutrition monitoring.
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