Countries ranked by life expectancy

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Countries ranked by life expectancy at birth, measured by years, using the latest data from the World Bank.

map of countries ranked by life expectancy
Countries ranked by life expectancy (World Bank/CC BY-4.0)

Life expectancy at birth is the average number of years a newborn child is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of its birth remain constant in the future.

The global average life expectancy is 72.6. Since 1900 the global average life expectancy has more than doubled.

The Central African Republic has the lowest life expectancy of just 52.8, while Hong Kong has the highest of 84.9. The sovereign state with the highest life expectancy is Japan with 84.2.

Highest & lowest life expectancy

Highest life expectancy


  1. Hong Kong SAR, China
  2. Japan
  3. Macao SAR, China
  4. Switzerland
  5. Spain
  6. Italy
  7. Singapore
  8. Liechtenstein
  9. Iceland
  10. Israel

Lowest life expectancy

  1. Central African Rep.
  2. Lesotho
  3. Chad
  4. Sierra Leone
  5. Nigeria
  6. Somalia
  7. Cote d’Ivoire
  8. South Sudan
  9. Guinea-Bissau
  10. Equatorial Guinea

Countries ranked by life expectancy

The table below ranks 195 of the world’s countries and territories by life expectancy at birth (in years).

Some countries may have been omitted due to insufficient data.

RankCountryLife expectancy
1Hong Kong SAR, China84.9
2Japan84.2
3Macao SAR, China84.1
4Switzerland83.8
5Spain83.4
6Italy83.3
7Singapore83.1
8Liechtenstein83.0
9Iceland82.9
10Israel82.8
11Norway82.8
12Australia82.7
13France82.7
14South Korea82.6
15Sweden82.6
16Faroe Islands82.5
17Malta82.4
18Ireland82.3
19Luxembourg82.3
20Canada81.9
21New Zealand81.9
22Greece81.8
23Netherlands81.8
24Austria81.7
25Bermuda81.7
26Finland81.7
27Belgium81.6
28Slovenia81.4
29Portugal81.3
30UK81.3
31Denmark81.0
32Germany80.9
33Cyprus80.8
34Costa Rica80.1
35Qatar80.1
36Chile80.0
37Guam79.9
38Puerto Rico79.8
39Barbados79.1
40Czech Rep.79.0
41Lebanon78.9
42Cuba78.7
43Maldives78.6
44Albania78.5
45USA78.5
46Panama78.3
47Estonia78.2
48Croatia78.1
49UAE77.8
50Uruguay77.8
51Oman77.6
52Poland77.6
53French Polynesia77.5
54Turkey77.4
55Bosnia & Herz.77.3
56Slovak Rep.77.3
57Bahrain77.2
58Colombia77.1
59New Caledonia77.1
60Antigua & Barbuda76.9
61Thailand76.9
62Ecuador76.8
63Montenegro76.8
64Sri Lanka76.8
65Algeria76.7
66China76.7
67Argentina76.5
68Iran76.5
69Morocco76.5
70Peru76.5
71Tunisia76.5
72Aruba76.2
73Hungary76.1
74St. Lucia76.1
75Malaysia76.0
76Serbia75.9
77Brazil75.7
78Brunei Darussalam75.7
79Lithuania75.7
80North Macedonia75.7
81Kuwait75.4
82Romania75.4
83Vietnam75.3
84Honduras75.1
85Bulgaria75.0
86Mexico75.0
87Saudi Arabia75.0
88Armenia74.9
89Latvia74.8
90Belize74.5
91Jamaica74.4
92Jordan74.4
93Mauritius74.4
94Nicaragua74.3
95Belarus74.2
96Guatemala74.1
97Paraguay74.1
98Dominican Rep.73.9
99West Bank & Gaza73.9
100The Bahamas73.8
101Georgia73.6
102Trinidad & Tobago73.4
103Kazakhstan73.2
104Samoa73.2
105El Salvador73.1
106Azerbaijan72.9
107Cabo Verde72.8
108Seychelles72.8
109Solomon Islands72.8
110Libya72.7
111Russia72.7
112Grenada72.4
113St. Vincent & Gren.72.4
114Bangladesh72.3
115Kosovo72.2
116North Korea72.1
117Venezuela, RB72.1
118Egypt71.8
119Moldova71.8
120Syria71.8
121Suriname71.6
122Ukraine71.6
123Uzbekistan71.6
124Bhutan71.5
125Indonesia71.5
126Kyrgyzstan71.4
127Bolivia71.2
128Philippines71.1
129Tajikistan70.9
130Tonga70.8
131Iraq70.5
132Nepal70.5
133Vanuatu70.3
134Sao Tome & Principe70.2
135Guyana69.8
136Mongolia69.7
137Cambodia69.6
138India69.4
139Botswana69.3
140Timor-Leste69.3
141Rwanda68.7
142Kiribati68.1
143Turkmenistan68.1
144Micronesia67.8
145Senegal67.7
146Laos67.6
147Fiji67.3
148Pakistan67.1
149Myanmar66.9
150Madagascar66.7
151Djibouti66.6
152Kenya66.3
153Ethiopia66.2
154Gabon66.2
155Yemen66.1
156Eritrea65.9
157Sudan65.1
158Tanzania65.0
159Mauritania64.7
160Afghanistan64.5
161Congo64.3
162Papua New Guinea64.3
163Comoros64.1
164South Africa63.9
165Ghana63.8
166Malawi63.8
167Haiti63.7
168Liberia63.7
169Zambia63.5
170Namibia63.4
171Uganda63.0
172Niger62.0
173The Gambia61.7
174Benin61.5
175Burkina Faso61.2
176Burundi61.2
177Guinea61.2
178Zimbabwe61.2
179Angola60.8
180Togo60.8
181DR Congo60.4
182Mozambique60.2
183Eswatini59.4
184Cameroon58.9
185Mali58.9
186Equatorial Guinea58.4
187Guinea-Bissau58.0
188South Sudan57.6
189Cote d’Ivoire57.4
190Somalia57.1
191Nigeria54.3
192Sierra Leone54.3
193Chad54.0
194Lesotho53.7
195Central African Rep.52.8

Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators