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Thu Jul 28 20:25:52 SAST 2016

Africa no continent for old men

© The Daily Telegraph | 23 March, 2016 06:39

MAPS of the world according to population density, alcohol consumption, threat of terror, risk of natural disaster and number of World Heritage Sites have been developed by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Today we explore the world according to life expectancy.

Africa is the only continent where nations have an average life expectancy below 60, and there are 28 of them.

Even relatively developed South Africa's dying age is 59.

The lowest life expectancy is in Sierra Leone - just 46 - followed by Lesotho, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Swaziland.

There are a few notable exceptions in Africa, such as Namibia (where the age is 67), Morocco (71), Egypt (71), Algeria (72), Libya (75) and Tunisia (76).

Japan is where people live longest - 84 on average, according to the World Health Organisation. It is followed by six countries on 83 years: Andorra, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore and San Marino.

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