Singaporeans have world's longest life expectancy at 84.8 years

The average Singaporean enjoys the longest span of living in good health - 74.2 years.
The average Singaporean enjoys the longest span of living in good health - 74.2 years.PHOTO: ST FILE

Average S'porean enjoys longest span of good health, but years spent in poor health also up

Singapore topped the world in life expectancy in 2017 with an expected lifespan at birth of 84.8 years, surging ahead of traditional chart-topper Japan by more than half a year.

The average Singaporean also enjoys the longest span of living in good health - 74.2 years - but there has also been a rise in the number of unhealthy years people here live.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore tops in life expectancy at 84.8 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe