Population, part 4: We’re all getting older!

I found two more thought-provoking links, when I surfed around the other day. Both of them are based on 2010  data from the United Nations, so they are not updated after the latest forecast, but still… You fill in basic data like your birth date, gender and country and get some interesting statistics to bring perspective to your life.


To me it was a shocker to find out that I’m older than 75,6 % of the population in the world (I was born in the early sixties). But what hit me the most was that the lowest life expectancy was only 45,9 years (Central African Republic), according to the BBC site. If I had been born there, statistically speaking I’d be dead by now!

Since this is old data, I give you some 2013 estimates from the World Factbook of CIA. The top countries in the ”life expectancy at birth” list:

1.Monaco          89,63 years
2.Macau           84,46 years
3.Japan            84,19 years
4.Singapore     84,07 years
5.San Marino  83,12 years


…and the ones in the bottom of the list:

219.Afghanistan      50,11 years
220.Swaziland          50,01 years
221.Guinea-Bissau  49,50 years
222.South Africa     49,48 years
223.Chad                   49, 07 years


Sweden is in place 17 with a life expectancy of 81,28 years.

I think these numbers reflect a tragic reality. Depending on where you happen to be born the difference in your average lifespan can be as much as 35-40 years.

But this is hopefully changing in the future. Once again I refer to the report ”World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision, Key Findings and Advance Tables” from the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

The report says that “Globally, life expectancy at birth is projected to rise from 69 years in 2005-2010 to 76 years in 2045-2050 and to 82 years in 2095-2100. In the more developed regions, the projected increase is from 77 years in 2005-2010 to 83 years in 2045-2050 and to 89 years in 2095-2100…”.  “Life expectancy remains low in the least developed countries, at just 58 years in 2005-2010. Although it is projected to reach 70 years in 2045-2050 and 78 years in 2095-2100, realizing such an increase is contingent on reducing the spread of HIV and combating successfully other infectious diseases as well as non-communicable diseases.”

This means that there is much work left to do to increase the life expectancy in the least developed and developing countries! There will probably still be a difference in how long you will live, depending on where you happen to be born, but on average that difference is estimated to decrease to ten years from today’s 35-40 years.small_7013663759

I feel that there is more to say about how to handle the fact that the population is getting older, but I’ll save that for another day. Until then, live long and prosper!

photo credit: ~ Ashwin ~ via photopin cc

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