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Ja­pan has been top­pled from first place as the coun­try with the high­est life expectancy.

The coun­try where peo­ple can ex­pect to live the long­est is now Spain.

A re­port by the In­sti­tute for the Health Met­rics and Eval­u­a­tion in The Lancet fore­cast that Spa­niards will have an av­er­age life expectancy of 85.8 years by 2040.

The re­searchers re­vealed that the Span­ish Mediter­ranean diet is thought to be the rea­son for such a high life expectancy.

Dr Christo­pher Mur­ray, direc­tor of the IHME at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton, told

The Guardian: “Spain does re­ally well … al­though to­bacco is an area where they could be bet­ter. But cur­rent life expectancy is very good.”

Mean­while Ja­panese peo­ple can ex­pect to live un­til they are 85.7.

Re­search looked at 195 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion 250 dif­fer­ent causes of death.

In third place is Singapore, fourth place is Switzer­land and fifth place is Italy.

Is­rael is in sev­enth place, France in eighth, Lux­em­bourg in ninth and Aus­tralia in 10th place.

Bot­tom of the list is Le­sotho in South­ern Africa, which is fore­cast to have a life expectancy of only 57.3 by 2040.

This is fol­lowed by the Cen­tral African Repub­lic with 58.4, then Zim­babwe at 61.3.

The re­port warns that the spread of HIV could mean that life expectancy falls even lower in these coun­tries in the fu­ture.

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