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5 Countries Where People Live the Longest

These nations have a life expectancy that is far higher than the rest of the globe, and they each have their own special recipe for staying healthy and youthful.

Throughout history, explorers have sought after the mythical fountain of youth. While the mythical fountain of youth has yet to be discovered, pockets of the world have developed as regions where people live noticeably longer than the global average (about 71 years), each with its own unique secret source of vitality.

To learn more about the factors that contribute to longevity in the nations that rank highest in the 2017 World Happiness Report, we conducted in-depth interviews with locals.


The Japanese average life expectancy is a respectable 83 years. Okinawa, sometimes known as "the land of immortals," is a group of islands in the south of Japan that are home to more than 400 centenarians, making them a global hub for research into the science of aging. The local cuisine that consists mostly of tofu and sweet potato with some seafood has been credited with this. Reduced stress and a robust sense of community are additional benefits of an active social circle among the elderly population.

Okinawa is known as "the land of immortals" due to its lengthy history as a research hub for the study of aging.

Daniele Gatti, CEO of Velvet Media and a long-time resident of Japan, emphasized the need of learning the language as an expat in order to take advantage of these opportunities. The mentality is more distinct from Western society than most tourists realize, but "Japan provides a great quality of life if you can get beyond the language hurdle," he said. Those planning to relocate abroad to this region should give considerable consideration to immersing themselves in the local language. Integrating further into the local society is crucial if you want to have a full and meaningful life.


For centuries, Spain's healthy and long-lived population has been credited to the country's traditional Mediterranean cuisine (averaging 82.8). However, the siesta may be another secret to Spain's long life expectancy.

The siesta is another of Spain's age-defying practices.

"People think all Spaniards are doing la siesta because the shops are closed between 2:00 and 5:00," explained Miquel ngel Diez I Besora, a tour guide for Gray Line based in Barcelona. As the saying goes, "If you have a continuous shift and only a half an hour break for lunch, then you eat a quick takeaway. However, if you're stuck somewhere for a few hours and have the option of either cooking at home or going out to a restaurant, the latter will be preferable because you'll be able to sit down, eat a full meal (including dessert), and give your body plenty of time to process the food.

Since most homes in Spanish cities are within walking distance of at least some form of commercial establishment, their densities encourage their residents to get out and about more frequently.

"When I went to Barcelona from Moscow, I saw that people here preferred walking or biking, even walking few streets to take public transport instead of using their own vehicles," said Marina Manasyan, co-founder of Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours. By doing so, "you get your cells oxygenated and you lessen your carbon impact."


Singaporeans are living longer than ever before, on average, at the age of 83.1 years old, thanks to the country's widely available access to cutting-edge medical facilities and the'miracle' healthcare system. It boasts one of the world's lowest rates of maternal and infant mortality because it prioritizes prevention in its healthcare system.

Because of their'miracle' healthcare system, people in Singapore are living longer than ever before.

The urban environment and the culture inside it both contribute to a longer lifespan. Bino Chua, a local resident and travel blogger at I Wander, remarked, "You will observe a lot of people going to gyms or exercising in the public parks, which are plenty." As a matter of fact, the country just inaugurated its first therapeutic park to help older people deal with stress and improve their mental health.

Negative lifestyle choices are likewise more challenging to uphold in Singapore. Expats, Chau warns, should be aware that "vices" are far more costly in this country. It's quite expensive to buy cigarettes and alcohol because of the high taxes imposed on them.


Swiss men have the longest life expectancy of any men in the world, at 81 years. Access to high-quality healthcare, strong personal safety, and a general sense of wellbeing all contribute to the country's status as one of Europe's wealthiest, and some research has even linked the country's high consumption of cheese and dairy to this success.

Swiss men have it better than men anyplace else in the world.

The country's convenient location makes it simple to schedule frequent getaways, despite the fact that many expats go there for work at one of the numerous multinational headquarters. "It's a career high point, geographically speaking," Gatti, who has previously called Switzerland home, remarked. Being based here opens up fantastic opportunities for weekend travel around the continent and for enjoying the great outdoors in the beautiful Alps. He also mentioned that the private schools are among the "best on the planet," another factor that draws young families to the area.

A Country in the Far East:

New studies show that South Korea will be the first country to reach a life expectancy of 90 years, with researchers attributing the country's success to its booming economy, widespread access to healthcare, and lower blood pressure than Western countries.

Fermented foods are prevalent in the diet and are thought to be beneficial for heart health, the immune system, and cancer prevention. "Korean food is nutrient dense and high in fiber," Hoheb remarked.

As of this year, South Korea will be the first country in the world to achieve a life expectancy of 90.

Life is said to be better here because the local culture places a premium on community and the traditions that come with it. Wellness travel pioneer Camille Hoheb once remarked, "The Jimjilbang (public bathhouse) brings people together to recreate, to socialize, and to help decrease stress." "In South Korea, there is a general attitude toward a culture of cooperation as opposed to individualism, which is rooted in the country's strong Buddhist tradition."


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