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Life expectancy, in years, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 47 countries was 73.79 years. The highest value was in Hong Kong: 85.49 years and the lowest value was in Afghanistan: 61.98 years. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: years; Source: The United Nations Population Division
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Countries Life expectancy, 2021 Global rank Available data
Hong Kong 85.49 1 1960 - 2021
Macao 85.4 2 1960 - 2021
Japan 84.45 3 1960 - 2021
South Korea 83.53 4 1960 - 2021
Singapore 83.44 5 1960 - 2021
Israel 82.5 6 1961 - 2021
Maldives 79.92 7 1960 - 2021
Qatar 79.27 8 1960 - 2021
Bahrain 78.76 9 1960 - 2021
Thailand 78.71 10 1960 - 2021
UA Emirates 78.71 11 1960 - 2021
Kuwait 78.67 12 1960 - 2021
China 78.21 13 1960 - 2021
Saudi Arabia 76.94 14 1960 - 2021
Sri Lanka 76.4 15 1960 - 2021
Lebanon 75.05 16 1960 - 2021
Malaysia 74.88 17 1960 - 2021
Brunei 74.64 18 1960 - 2021
Jordan 74.26 19 1960 - 2021
Iran 73.88 20 1960 - 2021
Vietnam 73.62 21 1960 - 2021
Palestine 73.47 22 1990 - 2021
North Korea 73.28 23 1960 - 2021
Oman 72.54 24 1960 - 2021
Bangladesh 72.38 25 1960 - 2021
Syria 72.06 26 1960 - 2021
Armenia 72.04 27 1960 - 2021
Kyrgyzstan 71.9 28 1960 - 2021
Bhutan 71.82 29 1960 - 2021
Georgia 71.69 30 1960 - 2021
Tajikistan 71.59 31 1960 - 2021
Mongolia 70.97 32 1960 - 2021
Uzbekistan 70.86 33 1960 - 2021
Iraq 70.38 34 1960 - 2021
Kazakhstan 70.23 35 1960 - 2021
Cambodia 69.58 36 1960 - 2021
Azerbaijan 69.37 37 1960 - 2021
Philippines 69.27 38 1960 - 2021
Turkmenistan 69.26 39 1960 - 2021
Nepal 68.45 40 1960 - 2021
Laos 68.06 41 1960 - 2021
Indonesia 67.57 42 1960 - 2021
India 67.24 43 1960 - 2021
Pakistan 66.1 44 1960 - 2021
Burma 65.67 45 1960 - 2021
Yemen 63.75 46 1960 - 2021
Afghanistan 61.98 47 1960 - 2021



Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
85.49
85.40
84.45
83.53
83.44
82.50
79.92
79.27
78.76
78.71
78.71
78.67
78.21
76.94
76.40
75.05
74.88
74.64
74.26
73.88
73.62
73.47
73.28
72.54
72.38
72.06
72.04
71.90
71.82
71.69
71.59
70.97
70.86
70.38
70.23
69.58
69.37
69.27
69.26
68.45
68.06
67.57
67.24
66.10
65.67
63.75
61.98
0
21.4
42.7
64.1
85.49
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