The Swiss lead the world longevity ranking –

The Swiss lead the world longevity ranking –

Switzerland is the new champion of the longevity of its inhabitants, reports Le Matin Dimanche. There were 377 centenarians in 1990, 787 in 2000 and 1,888 now, 75% of whom are women.

“According to the classification established by the OECD, a boy born in our country in 2021 has the best possible life expectancy, with 81.9 years, just ahead of the Icelanders, the Norwegians and the Japanese”, specifies in the newspaper the sociologist Stéphane Cullati, researcher at the University of Fribourg.

For a girl born in 2021, the prognosis is also very favorable, since “Switzerland ranks 4th, behind Japan, South Korea and Spain”, with 85.6 years.

According to certain estimates, one out of two children born after the year 2000 in Switzerland will become centenarians. Other less optimistic models, such as that of the Federal Statistical Office, calculate rather that one in three girls and one in four boys born after the year 2000 will become centenarians, notes Daniela Jopp, professor at the University of Lausanne, which is leading the first national study on centenarians.

In good health?

Switzerland also ranks high on healthy life expectancy figures. Stéphane Cullati has shown that “between 1990 and 2014, life expectancy in good health increased by three years for women and five years for men”. In detail, “a thirties today can expect to live in good health until the age of 78.8 years for men and 82.8 years for women”.

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