Average life expectancy in 2000

Average life expectancy in 2000

Every year on 7 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates its birthday with World Health Day.

There's a different theme each year – this year, it's “Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years”. With the number of people aged 80+ set to almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050, there are lots of good reasons to promote living a healthy life!

So we thought, what better way to contribute to the cause than by – you've guessed it – mapping it! We've compiled a series of data on global life expectancy, showing you the average life expectancy in your country*.

Our first map (above) shows life expectancy in 2000. Back then, we thought life expectancy was quite good – with most countries falling into the 70+ life expectancy bracket. The results clearly indicate that you're more likely to live a longer life in a thriving, developed country such as the US, Canada, or the countries in western Europe.

Average life expectancy in 2012

Average life expectancy in 2012

Our second map (right) shows world life expectancy in 2012.

Overall, life expectancy has risen steadily, with citizens of most countries looking at 75-80 years. If you live in countries like Australia, Canada or Japan, the average citizen will live beyond the age of 80.

The exceptions are plain to see. The majority of Africans do not have better life expectancy than 12 years ago.

The WHO reports that life expectancy has improved greatly in the past century, with most improvements made in the developing world. We hope that these improvements will continue!

Find out more about WHO and World Health Day.

*Our data was sourced from the World Health Organisation and www.worldlifeexpectancy.com (who use the most recent data from WHO, World Bank, UNESCO and CIA).

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Laura Lilienthal
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Laura Lilienthal

Laura Lilienthal lead the Corporate Marketing team at eSpatial between 2010 and 2012. In that time she was a major author to the eSpatial blog and a real thought leader for the industry.