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Singaporeans most long-lived among people in tropical countries

Published on Nov 19, 2012 12:21 PM
 

SINGAPOREANS live longer than people in other tropical countries, a new international study has found.

The average Singaporean can live up to about 81 years old, which is 16 years longer than people in other tropical countries, the study said.

It also found that infant mortality rates here have plunged from 61 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1950 and 1955, to just two deaths per 1,000 live births between 2005 and 2010.

The study was conducted by 13 research institutions from 12 countries as part of a global initiative to define the challenges of people living in the tropics. The instutitions included the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.