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Differences in the life expectancies of the sexes in various countries in the world as per data collected by the WHO for the year 2009


This web page contains statistics on the life expectancies of the sexes in various countries in the world.  The statistics shown on this page are a bit dated, from the year 2009, as per the World Health Organization.  You may wish to check the source for more recent data.  You can perform that little exercise by yourself and will find that the gender-gap in the life-expectancies of the sexes has widened a little more since that time.  Certainly, life expectancies since then increased for both men and women, but on average more so for women.  So what is the problem with that?

There is not much of a problem, at least not one that men complain about.  After all, who can argue with the truth?  The truth will set us free, as the saying goes, but when the truth is inconvenient, it could become a problem, such as when the shorter average life-expectancies of men in the majority of the nations in the world must be presented in such a way as to show that men's earlier deaths are a serious inconvenience to women's quality of life when women reach the end of their days.

That is a truth, too, a truth that from that perspective must be presented as a serious impediment to women's happiness, such as in Women: Victims of Men's Shorter Life Span (off-site).  Of course, rather than to look at this from such a biased but politically-correct perspective, one could look at the gender-gap in the life-expectancies of the sexes in a more objective fashion and simply state that the gender-gap exists, and that it favours women.  As comedian Alan King showed in 1987, in Survived by his wife, the truth about the gender-gap in life-expectancies can be made to look very funny and even hilarious (what could be a better reason for making a joke than to make fun of the early death of men?).  Still, as Alan King illustrated in his presentation, telling the truth and nothing but the truth about such matters is likely to have the consequence that an elected official calls the truth-teller a male, chauvinist pig.  That is a good thing, too, as thereby any possible complaints by men about having to die so much sooner than women can be nipped in the bud. (/sarc)

Index to tables

2009 Life expectancy for males and females at birth

  • All Countries (Table A)
  • The 15 countries in which women have the least advantage (in years
    of life expectancy) over men
    (Table B)
  • The 15 countries in which women have the largest advantage (in years
    of life expectancy) over men
    (Table C)
  • The 15 countries with the highest life expectancy for women (Table D)
  • The 15 countries with the lowest life expectancies for women (Table E)

With the exception of only six countries in the world, in all countries (see Table A) women can expect to live longer than men do, in some countries by a considerable margin (by as much as 14 years). 

Contrary to popular opinion, Afghanistan is not the country in which women are worst off as far as their average life expectancy goes there; Chad and the Central African Republic share that reputation.  In those latter two countries women can expect to live on average for 48 years, while Afghani women can expect to live on average for 50 years -- three more years than Afghani men can expect to live (see Table E).

Japanese women can expect to live the longest, for 86 years (six more years than Japanese men can expect to live), while the second place in the ranking of countries for women's life expectancy is shared by Monaco, Spain, France, Andorra and San Marino with 85 years (see Table D).

Just as the statistics for the year 2000 showed, the group of countries in which women enjoy the largest advantage over the life expectancy of men is still being dominated by countries of the former USSR.  Women's advantage over men in life expectancy ranges there from 12 years down to 10 years (see Table C).  It can therefore be argued that totalitarian socialism has been very good for women of the countries in the former USSR, but that is an illusion.  Take for example the Russian Federation.  The average life expectancy for Russian women at birth is only 74 years (100th place out of 193 countries) and for Russian men it is far less than that, 62 years (137th place out of 193 countries).  The harsh reality of socialist bliss for Russian women is that they did not get much of it, far less than women in many other countries did, and that their illusory gains came at a terrible price to Russian men.

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Life expectancy is not the only measure of quality of life.   The UN has since 1990 annually published a Human Development Index that ranks countries by quality of life based on a combination of indicators, such as life expectancy, availability of schooling (but not the quality of schooling), the GDP per capita, availability of health care (but not the quality of health care) and more. The UN Human Development Index has shortcomings that have been addressed by the Fraser Institute in a more realistic alternative to the UN Human Development Index.
   An additional indicator that should be used by the UN as well as by the Fraser Institute to measure the quality of life in a given nation is a measure of how satisfied people in a nation are with their quality of life.  Suicide rates are a very good indicator that can be be used for that.  It surely can be no accident that the ranking of nations according to life-expectancies very closely matches that according to suicide rates.
   By both of these measures, life expectancies as well as suicide rates, men's lives are almost exclusively in all nations far worse than those of women's.  Just about all of the men in the world could use a good portion of the gender equity that made women so "much more equal" than men.

Table A

2009 Life expectancy for males and females at birth (years)

Source: World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=710#

All Countries

Rank(*)

Location

Male

Female

Average

Difference

1 San Marino 82 85 83 3
2 Japan 80 86 83 6
3 Australia 80 84 82 4
4 Switzerland 80 84 82 4
5 Iceland 80 83 82 3
6 Israel 80 83 82 3
7 Andorra 79 85 82 6
8 Italy 79 84 82 5
9 Singapore 79 84 82 5
10 Canada (see also graph) 79 83 81 4
11 New Zealand 79 83 81 4
12 Norway 79 83 81 4
13 Sweden 79 83 81 4
14 Monaco 78 85 82 7
15 Spain 78 85 82 7
16 France 78 85 81 7
17 Cyprus 78 83 81 5
18 Luxembourg 78 83 81 5
19 Netherlands 78 83 81 5
20 Austria 78 83 80 5
21 Germany 78 83 80 5
22 Greece 78 83 80 5
23 Malta 78 82 80 4
24 United Kingdom 78 82 80 4
25 Kuwait 78 79 78 1
26 Qatar 78 79 78 1
27 Belgium 77 83 80 6
28 Finland 77 83 80 6
29 Republic of Korea 77 83 80 6
30 Ireland 77 82 80 5
31 Costa Rica 77 81 79 4
32 Denmark 77 81 79 4
33 United Arab Emirates 77 79 78 2
34 Chile 76 82 79 6
35 Portugal 76 82 79 6
36 Slovenia 76 82 79 6
37 United States of America 76 81 79 5
38 Cuba 76 80 78 4
39 Brunei Darussalam 76 77 77 1
40 Czech Republic 74 80 77 6
41 Panama 74 79 77 5
42 Peru 74 77 76 3
43 Maldives 74 76 75 2
44 Barbados 73 80 76 7
45 Colombia 73 80 76 7
46 Croatia 73 79 76 6
47 Bosnia and Herzegovina 73 78 76 5
48 Mexico 73 78 76 5
49 Ecuador 73 78 75 5
50 Tunisia 73 77 75 4
51 Antigua and Barbuda 73 76 74 3
52 Bahrain 73 76 74 3
53 Cook Islands 72 80 76 8
54 Uruguay 72 79 76 7
55 Argentina 72 79 75 7
56 Bahamas 72 78 76 6
57 Montenegro 72 77 75 5
58 Turkey 72 77 75 5
59 Oman 72 77 74 5
60 Paraguay 72 77 74 5
61 China 72 76 74 4
62 Dominica 72 76 74 4
63 The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 72 76 74 4
64 Albania 72 75 73 3
65 Tonga 72 70 71 -2
66 Poland 71 80 76 9
67 Slovakia 71 79 75 8
68 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 71 78 75 7
69 Saint Kitts and Nevis 71 78 74 7
70 Saint Lucia 71 78 74 7
71 Lebanon 71 77 74 6
72 Nicaragua 71 77 74 6
73 Serbia 71 76 74 5
74 Syrian Arab Republic 71 76 74 5
75 Belize 71 76 73 5
76 Malaysia 71 76 73 5
77 Morocco 71 75 73 4
78 Algeria 71 74 72 3
79 Dominican Republic 71 72 71 1
80 Estonia 70 80 75 10
81 Hungary 70 78 74 8
82 Bulgaria 70 77 74 7
83 Brazil 70 77 73 7
84 Romania 70 77 73 7
85 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 70 76 73 6
86 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 70 75 73 5
87 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 70 75 72 5
88 Viet Nam 70 74 72 4
89 Grenada 69 77 73 8
90 Seychelles 69 77 73 8
91 Mauritius 69 76 73 7
92 Saudi Arabia 69 75 72 6
93 Jamaica 69 74 71 5
94 Jordan 69 74 71 5
95 Egypt 69 73 71 4
96 Solomon Islands 69 72 71 3
97 Vanuatu 69 72 71 3
98 Lithuania 68 79 73 11
99 Palau 68 77 72 9
100 El Salvador 68 76 72 8
101 Suriname 68 75 72 7
102 Samoa 68 72 70 4
103 Micronesia (Federated States of) 68 70 69 2
104 Latvia 67 77 72 10
105 Georgia 67 75 71 8
106 Philippines 67 73 70 6
107 Honduras 67 73 69 6
108 Democratic People's Republic of Korea 67 72 70 5
109 Niue 66 80 72 14
110 Cape Verde 66 75 71 9
111 Trinidad and Tobago 66 75 70 9
112 Armenia 66 74 70 8
113 Thailand 66 74 70 8
114 Fiji 66 73 69 7
115 Guatemala 66 73 69 7
116 Uzbekistan 66 71 69 5
117 Indonesia 66 71 68 5
118 Azerbaijan 66 70 68 4
119 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 66 70 68 4
120 Sao Tome and Principe 66 70 68 4
121 Tajikistan 66 69 68 3
122 Sri Lanka 65 76 71 11
123 Mongolia 65 74 69 9
124 Republic of Moldova 65 73 69 8
125 Kiribati 65 70 68 5
126 Nepal 65 69 67 4
127 Belarus 64 76 70 12
128 Guyana 64 70 67 6
129 Timor-Leste 64 69 67 5
130 Eritrea 64 68 66 4
131 Bangladesh 64 66 65 2
132 Tuvalu 64 63 64 -1
133 Kyrgyzstan 63 70 66 7
134 Madagascar 63 67 65 4
135 Yemen 63 67 65 4
136 India 63 66 65 3
137 Russian Federation 62 74 68 12
138 Ukraine 62 74 68 12
139 Iraq 62 70 66 8
140 Bhutan 62 65 63 3
141 Papua New Guinea 62 65 63 3
142 Lao People's Democratic Republic 62 64 63 2
143 Pakistan 62 64 63 2
144 Myanmar 61 67 64 6
145 Turkmenistan 60 67 63 7
146 Gabon 60 64 62 4
147 Haiti 60 63 62 3
148 Senegal 60 63 62 3
149 Kazakhstan 59 70 64 11
150 Botswana 59 62 61 3
151 Sudan 59 59 59 0
152 Comoros 58 62 60 4
153 Djibouti 58 62 60 4
154 Kenya 58 62 60 4
155 Gambia 58 61 60 3
156 Marshall Islands 58 60 59 2
157 Cambodia 57 65 61 8
158 Ghana 57 64 60 7
159 Togo 57 61 59 4
160 Rwanda 57 60 59 3
161 Mauritania 57 60 58 3
162 Niger 57 58 57 1
163 Nauru 56 65 60 9
164 Benin 54 60 57 6
165 Liberia 54 57 56 3
166 South Africa 54 55 54 1
167 Namibia 53 62 57 9
168 United Republic of Tanzania 53 58 55 5
169 Congo 53 57 55 4
170 Ethiopia 53 56 54 3
171 Nigeria 53 54 54 1
172 Equatorial Guinea 53 54 53 1
173 Angola 51 53 52 2
174 Cameroon 51 51 51 0
175 Somalia 51 51 51 0
176 Mali 50 56 53 6
177 Burkina Faso 49 56 52 7
178 Guinea 49 55 52 6
179 Cte d'Ivoire 49 52 50 3
180 Burundi 49 51 50 2
181 Central African Republic 49 48 48 -1
182 Uganda 48 57 52 9
183 Sierra Leone 48 50 49 2
184 Democratic Republic of the Congo 47 51 49 4
185 Guinea-Bissau 47 51 49 4
186 Mozambique 47 51 49 4
187 Swaziland 47 50 49 3
188 Zimbabwe 47 50 49 3
189 Afghanistan 47 50 48 3
190 Chad 47 48 48 1
191 Lesotho 46 50 48 4
192 Zambia 46 50 48 4
193 Malawi 44 51 47 7
* Ranked by men's average life expectancy for each country shown

 

Table B

2009 Life expectancy at birth (years)

Source: World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=710#

The 15 countries in which women have the least advantage (in years) over men

Rank(*)

Location

Male

Female

Average

Difference

190 Chad 47 48 48 1
171 Nigeria 53 54 54 1
172 Equatorial Guinea 53 54 53 1
166 South Africa 54 55 54 1
162 Niger 57 58 57 1
79 Dominican Republic 71 72 71 1
39 Brunei Darussalam 76 77 77 1
25 Kuwait 78 79 78 1
26 Qatar 78 79 78 1
174 Cameroon 51 51 51 0
175 Somalia 51 51 51 0
151 Sudan 59 59 59 0
181 Central African Republic 49 48 48 -1
132 Tuvalu 64 63 64 -1
65 Tonga 72 70 71 -2
* Ranked by men's average life expectancy for each country shown

 

Table C

2009 Life expectancy at birth (years)

Source: World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=710#

The 15 countries in which women have the largest advantage (in years) over men

Rank(*)

Location

Male

Female

Average

Difference

109 Niue 66 80 72 14
137 Russian Federation 62 74 68 12
138 Ukraine 62 74 68 12
127 Belarus 64 76 70 12
149 Kazakhstan 59 70 64 11
122 Sri Lanka 65 76 71 11
98 Lithuania 68 79 73 11
104 Latvia 67 77 72 10
80 Estonia 70 80 75 10
182 Uganda 48 57 52 9
167 Namibia 53 62 57 9
163 Nauru 56 65 60 9
110 Cape Verde 66 75 71 9
111 Trinidad and Tobago 66 75 70 9
* Ranked by men's average life expectancy for each country shown

 

Table D

2009 Life expectancy at birth (years)

Source: World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=710#

The 15 countries with the highest life expectancy for women

Rank(*)

Location

Male

Female

Average

Difference

2 Japan 80 86 83 6
14 Monaco 78 85 82 7
15 Spain 78 85 82 7
16 France 78 85 81 7
7 Andorra 79 85 82 6
1 San Marino 82 85 83 3
8 Italy 79 84 82 5
9 Singapore 79 84 82 5
3 Australia 80 84 82 4
4 Switzerland 80 84 82 4
27 Belgium 77 83 80 6
28 Finland 77 83 80 6
29 Republic of Korea 77 83 80 6
17 Cyprus 78 83 81 5
18 Luxembourg 78 83 81 5
* Ranked by men's average life expectancy for each country shown

 

Table E

2009 Life expectancy at birth (years)

Source: World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/ghodata/?vid=710#

The 15 countries with the lowest life expectancies for women

Rank(*)

Location

Male

Female

Average

Difference

193 Malawi 44 51 47 7
184 Democratic Republic of the Congo 47 51 49 4
185 Guinea-Bissau 47 51 49 4
186 Mozambique 47 51 49 4
180 Burundi 49 51 50 2
174 Cameroon 51 51 51 0
175 Somalia 51 51 51 0
191 Lesotho 46 50 48 4
192 Zambia 46 50 48 4
187 Swaziland 47 50 49 3
188 Zimbabwe 47 50 49 3
189 Afghanistan 47 50 48 3
183 Sierra Leone 48 50 49 2
190 Chad 47 48 48 1
181 Central African Republic 49 48 48 -1
* Ranked by men's average life expectancy for each country shown

There is an older analysis of these issues based on data collected in the year 2000

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Posted 2011 06 17