SPANISH women enjoy the second-highest life expectancy in the world, beaten only by the Japanese.

World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show that the average Spanish woman lived to the ripe old age of 85.1 years in 2012, with their Japanese counterparts averaging 87 years.

The country’s women share second place with those in Singapore and Switzerland but Spanish men, however, don’t even make the top ten.

Living more than six years less than their female counterparts, Spain’s men had an average life expectancy of 79 in 2012.

The world’s male leaders, Iceland, boasted a life expectancy of 81.2 years, followed by Switzerland (80.7) and Australia (80.5).

Despite the global rise in life expectancy, figures show that there is still a serious rich/poor divide.

In nine sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, men and women both live to less than 55 on average.


  1. The generation these stats. are based on – mainly did’nt smoke nor drink much. They worked hard in their homes without the dubious benefit of labour saving machines and they did indeed eat a Med. diet. Take a look at the photo – can’t see anyone obesity there can you.

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