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Life expectancy at birth Southeast Asia 2015-2020 by country

Singapore had the highest life expectancy at birth of all the Southeast Asian countries between 2015 to 2020, with its citizens expected to live to an average of 83.39 years. Falling behind by almost 20 years was Myanmar, with a life expectancy of 66.76 years old at birth between 2015 to 2020. Interestingly, Singapore made the top ten of countries with the highest average life expectancy worldwide.

Increasing life expectancy

Life expectancy throughout the Southeast Asian region has been rising throughout recent years, likely due to improved healthcare systems. Improvements brought about by increasing healthcare expenditures. The East Asian region also joined Southeast Asia in displaying higher life expectancies at birth, with Hong Kong, Japan, and Macao all exhibiting life expectancies at birth of over 84 years old.

Improved healthcare

Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore are just some of the Southeast Asian governments which have released successful universal healthcare plans. As the region faces an aging population, there has been more demand for effective healthcare. Healthcare has been improving not just in the Southeast Asian region but throughout the whole Asia Pacific region, with many countries exhibiting near perfect child immunization rates, offering its citizens better healthcare from birth. With these improvements made, it does not seem surprising that life expectancy at birth has increased.

Life expectancy at birth in Southeast Asia between 2015 to 2020, by country

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2020

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