Mind & Body

The Highest Life Expectancy In The World Goes To Monaco

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? If you're gunning for the place you can expect the greatest life expectancy, CIA World Factbook's clear winner for 2016 is the Principality of Monaco.

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Head To Monte Carlo

The average Monacoian lives to be nearly 90 years old (89.5, to be exact), which is four years longer than any other country and almost an entire decade longer than the average American. Monaco also happens to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world—one in three Monacoians are millionaires. That's likely because it doesn't have income tax. Countries along the Mediterranean may have a leg up on other nations due to their diet of fresh vegetables, fish, whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. But, let's be honest, being incredibly wealthy doesn't hurt. Still, says Monaco's UK Ambassador Evelyne Genta,"The absence of income tax does not entail an absence of social conscience. With our state revenue, we are able to fund an excellent health service, an efficient education system, a good public transport network and comprehensive social services."

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Skip The Saharan Heat

On the flip side, the Saharan areas of Africa are unforgiving when it comes to average life expectancy. The Republic of Chad has a life expectancy of 50.2 years old. It's located in the very center of North Africa (often nicknamed the "Dead Heart of Africa"), and is one of the world's poorest countries with more than 80 percent of its citizens living below the poverty line. Due to its location, Chad also experiences much political, religious, and ethnic unrest. Whereas northern Chad is dominated by the Sahara desert, southern Chad has a tropical climate with an abundance of natural resources. Still, those resources aren't used to their potential, as Chadians suffer from poor farming practices and infrastructure, as well as terrible pollution.

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So if you'd like to live to a ripe old age, look into retiring in Monaco, Singapore, or Japan first. Then, consider adopting some life-lengthening habits, such as a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

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Written by Curiosity Staff January 12, 2017