Living in SA means death before 50

2014-01-09 15:18

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Cape Town - Here’s to long life in 2014 and putting a major dent in that travel bucket list!

Or maybe not.

If this global life expectancy infographic by Omani designer Marcelo Duhalde, and showcased by, is to be believed - people born in South Africa in 2013 should make “live fast, die young” their mantra.

South Africa, together with Chad, are the lowest of the low for the average life expectancy age – sitting at a dismal 49 years.

Conversely, the folks in Europe and America can expect to outlive most of the world’s population as Monaco tops the list with the average life expectancy sitting at 90 years.

So, if you’re considering a move any time soon, your best bet would be somewhere in Europe as more than 22 of its countries have an average life expectancy of 80 years, followed by America with 79 years. Those being born in Japan will more than likely live until the ripe old age of 84.

According to the infograpic the average life expectancy globally has more than doubled in the last 100 years – but Central and Southern Africa remains depressingly low –  with disease, war and poverty cited as the key influences.

Compiled geographically and listed in accordance to landmass – the statistics are based on living conditions, health, education and other social dimensions of the particular country or territory. 

Click on the image below to see a more detailed version of the infographic.

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