Countries with the Longest Life Expectancies

As a whole, humans around the world are living longer.

For the past century, life expectancy in most countries has increased due to advances in healthcare, agricultural techniques and decreased infant mortality.

However, despite being one of the wealthiest and most influential countries in the world, the United States still falls short in terms of life expectancy. Using data from the World Bank, the experts at World Health Organization (WHO) identified the top countries with the longest average life expectancies -- and the United States barely made the cut.

A couple factors might help explain this.

First, the U.S. does not prioritize physical activity and nutritious diets the way many other countries do. The importance of these factors becomes remarkably clear when comparing the longest-living country's lifespan to America's.

On the other end of the spectrum, Japan has seen one of the fastest increases in lifespan since the end of World War II -- piquing the interest of many researchers. With an average lifespan of 84 years and a top rank within the top 10 on our list, Japan's longevity exemplifies the benefits of exercising, eating well and maintaining social connections throughout life.

The fact that Japan and many other countries spend less than the U.S. on healthcare per capita, yet see people living longer, is a clear indicator that the Land of the Free should do something (or a lot of things) differently.

Countries with the Longest Average Life Expectancies

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the countries with the longest life expectancies are:

    - Japan: 84 years

    - Switzerland: 83 years

    - Singapore: 83 years

    - Australia: 83 years

    - Spain: 83 years

    - Italy: 83 years

    - Iceland: 83 years

    - Israel: 83 years

    - Sweden: 83 years

    - France: 82 years.

It's worth noting that life expectancy can vary depending on factors such as gender, socioeconomic status, access to healthcare, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. While these countries have high life expectancies overall, there may still be variations within their populations.

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