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Israeli Life Expectancy Ranks Among World’s Highest

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Due to modern medicine and technology, global life expectancy is on the rise. The Times of Israel reports that Israelis are some of the longest-living people on the planet:

Global life expectancy increased by five years between the turn of the millennium and 2015, the sharpest increase since the 1960s. There remains significant disparity between wealth nations and poorer ones, with 29 high-income states averaging over 80 years and 22 Sub-Saharan African countries averaging under 60, the UN body said.

Israel ranked eighth overall with 82.5 years on average, coming just behind Italy and Iceland. Japan ranked first overall with an average life expectancy of 83.7 years. The United States had an overall average of 79.3 years.

Israeli men born in 2015 were projected to live fifth longest on average, with 80.6 years, and Israeli women ninth overall with 84.3 years.

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