In the world’s poorest countries, life expectancy is hardly more than half of what is registered in the most wealthy nations. The lowest value worldwide currently is 45.5 years (in Afghanistan), the highest is 83.6 years (in Japan).
However, good progress has been visible at the bottom of the table over the last decade. The biggest increases have been recorded in Botswana (+51.5%), Swaziland (+49.6%), Liberia (+41.4%) and Malawi (+40.5%). The gap is closing. Meanwhile, the seven-strong list of countries where life expectancy has decreased includes the United Arab Emirates (-0.1%) and – perhaps unsurprisingly – Afghanistan (-1-2%).
Just click on the chart to see a bigger version of it. It shows the life expectancy at birth, 2000 vs 2010. Souce: United Nations.
Will be back next week (I hope) with the latest global food price outlook.
And have a good weekend.