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Countries with the lowest life expectancy 2018

The countries with the lowest life expectancy worldwide include the Central African Republic, Lesotho, and Chad. As of 2018, people born in the Central African Republic could be expected to live only up to 53 years. This is 20 years shorter than the global life expectancy.

Life expectancy

The global life expectancy continues to increase, rising from 69.8 years in 2007 to 72.2 years in 2017. However, life expectancy can vary greatly depending on the country and region. For example, every country in the top 20 countries with the lowest life expectancy worldwide are in Africa. The countries with the highest life expectancy are Japan, Switzerland, Spain, and Singapore.

Causes of death

The countries with the lowest life expectancy worldwide are all low income or developing countries that lack health care access and treatment that more developed countries can provide. The leading causes of death in these countries therefore differ from those of middle-income and upper-income countries. The leading causes of death in low-income countries include diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, as well as preterm birth complications which do not cause substantial death in higher income countries.

Ranking of the 20 countries with the lowest life expectancy as of 2018

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Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Release date represents the date figures were accessed.

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