SAY OLÉ TO A LONG LIFE
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.