Spain May Dethrone Japan in Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040

Society Lifestyle Economy

London, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Spain is expected to dethrone Japan to second place in global life expectancy rankings by 2040, estimates by a U.S. research institute show.

Spain's Mediterranean lifestyle is key to the change, according to the study by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

According to the study, published in the British medical journal Lancet, the average life expectancy in Spain, which ranked fourth in 2016, is seen topping the list at 85.8 years in 2040.

Meanwhile, Japan, atop the 2016 list, will be in second place at 85.7 years, followed by Singapore at 85.4 years.

Portugal, Italy and France also made it to the top 10 of the 2040 list. This suggests healthy lifestyles, such as vegetable- and fish-rich diets, contribute to longevity, according to the study.

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