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Europeans live longer than Americans and Chinese

By  May 22, 2019

Citizens of the European Union live on average 2.5 years longer than Americans and a full 4.6 years longer than China. Even though the average age of people living in the European Union has lengthened and is longer than two of the largest countries in the world there is also a few invisible boundaries inside Europe.

Spanish live the longest in Europe, presumably thanks to their healthy Mediterranean diet, favourable climate and relatively low levels of stress, with a life expectancy of 85 years. Whilst Bulgarians live the shortest, on average 12 years less than the Spanish, with a live expectancy of 73.

According to information from the European Union statistical bureau, Eurostat, Croatians, as of 2017, had a life expectancy of 78 years. The full list sees the Germans with 81.1 years, British with 81.3 years, Italians with 83.1 years and Austrians with 81.7 years. Croatians neighbours had mixed results, with the developed Slovenia having the longest life expectancy of 81.2 years, whilst Montenegrins with 76.6 years and Serbs with 75.6 years.

The difference between European life expectancy clearly has invisible borders between Western countries and Eastern countries, between developed countries and countries in transition.

Life expectancy by region 2016

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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