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Countries with the Highest Life Expectancy

Name the 20 countries with the highest life expectancies at birth.
For the year 2017, according to the CIA World Factbook
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Years
Country
89.4
Monaco
85.3
Japan
85.2
Singapore
83.3
San Marino
83.1
Iceland
82.9
Andorra
82.6
Switzerland
Years
Country
82.5
Israel
82.5
South Korea
82.3
Australia
82.3
Italy
82.3
Luxembourg
82.1
Sweden
81.9
Canada
Years
Country
81.9
France
81.9
Liechtenstein
81.9
Norway
81.8
Austria
81.8
Spain
81.4
Netherlands
81.3
New Zealand
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level 32
Feb 3, 2012
Awesome these petite states!
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level 75
Jun 29, 2015
Compare the data from any of them to a similarly urban and wealthy area of most larger industrialized countries and you'll get similar figures. People in Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, the Hamptons and Malibu are no less healthy than those in Monaco or San Marino.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
Would any neutral observer tell us whether mine or Q5's comment sounds more like whining? I was merely making a sound observation. I'm not whining about anything. Wealthy, urban, industrialized areas of first world countries produce healthy, long-lived people. If your entire country is a wealthy, urban area... then your average life expectancy will be high. This shouldn't be a difficult concept to grasp.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
I gotta say I'm with you on this one kal.
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level 32
Jun 22, 2016
Yeah, Q5's was way more whiny.
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level 26
Jun 22, 2016
Q5 is right. Your using the USA as an example of a healthy country, which is a complete joke. The US is somewhere with an extremely dangerous attitude to health with you have one of the highest obesity figures in the world. How can you say that being a large country makes you healthy when you look at the US!
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
I'm not using the USA as an example of a healthy country (though, it is. A life expectancy of 79.68 currently beats out Denmark, Portugal, Qatar, Cyprus, Slovenia, Kuwait and the UAE), I was using wealthy urban areas inside the USA, as an exception to the rule (that the USA is not as healthy as these other countries), to prove a point. Pointing out that the people of Malibu enjoy a high life expectancy is no more asserting that the USA is generally healthy than pointing to Luxembourg's life expectancy would be saying that the EU is generally healthy.
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level 81
Mar 14, 2018
LOL. Now we're going so far as to call pointing to objectively-verifiable facts as "whining and excuses". It was pretty evident going into this quiz, knowing absolutely nothing about healthcare systems or obesity figures, that countries in temperate climates with high standards of living would be high on the list, but postage-stamp-sized countries that are largely urban and very wealthy would be particularly high. It's just common sense. The smaller the sample size and the more time and money to spend on a healthy lifestyle, the better your chances of living a long life. Place a Monaco- or Singapore-sized border around the wealthiest areas of Portland, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, or Minneapolis, and that area will far exceed the average US life expectancy (which is already pretty high). The same would be true of Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Milan, Paris, and hundreds of other cities around the world.
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level 70
Mar 14, 2018
I didn't get the impression that Q5 was calling YOU the whiner, kal, but rather expounding on the point that you actually made: that depending on how you slice (any, but these specifically) statistics, you can support pretty much any agenda, and that's led to all sorts of historical arguments. If I'd been you, I'd have actually kinda thought Q5 was agreeing with me, or at least my first thought would not have been that his (her?) annoyance was directed at me. But perhaps you and Q5 have some history of pissing matches here that would explain the assumed hostility; I would purposely not have noticed such a thing. I hope you two have mended fences in the intervening three years :-)
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
I honestly don't recall anything else he or she has ever said. But I also don't see how you arrived at your reading of his comment, Sami.
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level 67
Jul 3, 2018
I agree with 'Sami' on this point 'Kal'.........Q5 was making a valid point and somewhere along Q5s comment it got up your nose, so, as you usually do, you retaliated. This is a light quiz really, everybody knows that Monaco for instance is full of rich retirees with expensive medical care etc. and although Monaco has the highest 'Life Expectancy' it is not really the healthiest place in the world to live (unless your already healthy, rich and 80 years old to start with).
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
and, as you usually do, you can't pass up an opportunity to needlessly insult me while acting superior, baby. I'm quite sure you didn't even bother thinking about it before jumping to the attack, but for my own amusement let's deconstruct the comment.
"So" (implying that what follows is a point I was trying to make. No other reason to start the comment this way)
"when you're a large country... we shouldn't count the parts that weigh you down" (large country = USA, strawmanning me by saying that I was suggesting you should only count the rich areas of the US. I absolutely was not. And at the same time taking a jab at the US.)
"yet do include them in other stats" (implying selective bias, but this is a continuation of the same strawman)
"always the same whining and excuses, wanting to cherrypick the good parts" (he's VERY obviously saying that I am trying to cherry pick data to show the US is more healthy. I did no such thing.)
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
and then "deal with it" (obnoxious conclusion, obviously directed at the person he is strawmanning)

Explain how what he said could be read as in agreement with me. The first comment I was replying to was saying that the small states on the list were awesome. I pointed out that if you look at similar-sized similarly-affluent-and-urbanized areas of any developed country, that you would get similar results. Q5 comes along and says "large countries get weighed down- DEAL WITH IT!!"
comment chain:
1. petite countries = awesome
2. large countries have areas that are just as awesome
3. large countries suck. stop whining and making excuses. deal with it.

I'm assuming good faith on the part of Sami. Probably she just scanned the comment and didn't follow what was being said. But I have to assume bad faith on the part of bad baby. You're just trying to insult me as you always do. You probably didn't even read the exchange. Q5 is obviously not agreeing with me.
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level 54
Jul 4, 2018
I genuinely don't see how someone could interpret kal to be in the wrong here. It's obvious that Q5 just got salty because he assumed kal was trying to worm the USA onto the list. I doubt Q5 even tried to interpret the comment any other way, I think he just saw "Beverly Hills can be comparable to Monaco" and immediately thought "this person is trying to get USA into the quiz! I hate the USA! Time to type without thinking!" Even though kal was just making an observation.
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level 65
Mar 29, 2016
that's the problem with doing averages on small populations. you are more likely to end up being on one extreme or the other simply because of a small sample size.
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level 65
Jun 2, 2016
Japan, France, Italy... do NOT count as having "small" populations!
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
Drunken Gandalf is right, but Japan's incredible achievement in widespread longevity notwithstanding, smaller less populous states still dominate this list.
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level 61
Jun 22, 2016
"Drunken Gandalf"?
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level 54
Jul 4, 2018
@dunkinggandalf, I believe he is referring to only the smaller states here. He's not saying Italy, France and Japan have small populations, he's just saying that countries like Monaco are going to be ridiculously high on the list due to small populations, impressive wealth and decent health care which leads to later deaths.
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level 41
Jul 3, 2018
Meanwhile, you just have the second biggest country in the world in this list.
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level 54
Jul 4, 2018
By size, yes but Canada's population is only abut 36 million which when compared to Japan seems somewhat small.
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level 43
Feb 3, 2012
I hate Monaco
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level 16
Aug 19, 2012
same
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level 49
Jun 22, 2016
I only missed ones in Asia.. all of them in Asia.
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level 48
Feb 19, 2019
I missed a country on this quiz, therefore I hate it. (Joking, I got all of them)
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level 43
Feb 3, 2012
If I get a terminal illness anytime in the next 65 or so years, I'm going to Monaco to bring their average down. Take THAT Monaco!
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level 21
Jun 22, 2016
They'll just deport you.
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level 44
Feb 3, 2012
Just missed Singapore...
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level 37
Apr 15, 2012
me too!
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level 80
May 17, 2014
me three!
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level 66
Feb 4, 2012
2:24 remaining
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
urg... i got 1:55
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level 13
Feb 4, 2012
100%!
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level 40
Feb 4, 2012
Would have never guessed Singapore.
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level 27
Apr 17, 2014
Their healthcare is state of the art I thought it would be #1!
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level 70
Jun 17, 2014
Could it have something to do with the fact that most of the poor people are itinerant workers imported from Malaysia and sent back on their days off?
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level 39
Jul 4, 2018
That was my first guess!
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level 60
Feb 6, 2012
I like turles
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level 44
Apr 20, 2012
Hey, me and my friend used to say that all the time! How wacky...
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level 71
Feb 12, 2012
@Mithol, NEVER decide not to.........
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level 37
Apr 15, 2012
Go Israel! :)
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level 62
Jun 2, 2012
I agree with Februus, surprised that the Vatican City isn't on the list.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
How can you have high life expectancy at birth if nobody is born there?
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level 67
Jun 22, 2016
Nobody dies there, they are shipped out to Rome hospitals and lower the Italian figures.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
this isn't how it works
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level 7
Aug 3, 2012
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy#List_by_the_CIA_World_Factbook_.282011_estimates.29 for the data.
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level 49
Jul 3, 2018
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level 21
Oct 11, 2012
I thought United States was on this list.. this makes me sad.
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level 20
Dec 3, 2012
no because its a completely different lifestyle to all these north european countries
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level 40
Dec 29, 2012
Most of these other countries have a health care system.
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level 75
Apr 21, 2013
Life expectancy in the USA is currently 78.37 years. The cut-off here looks like it was 80. The European Union's life expectancy is 78.82 years.
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
canada made it on the list!! why not the US?? :'(
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level 75
Jun 29, 2015
Because Canadians spend so much time in "cryosleep."
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level 65
Jun 2, 2016
Because Canadian have a good health care system and much less poverty.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
^ or because of ignorant stereotypes, apparently. The % of the population living in extreme poverty in the USA and Canada is 0% and 0%, respectively.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
That was very helpful, jyp. Americans have so far only succeeded in developing symbiosis with bacon.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2016
Did anyone say "extreme" poverty? According to the CIA, Canada has 9.1% of its population below the poverty line to the US's 15.1%. If you think that and comparatively poor access to healthcare don't affect life expectancy, you're an idiot.
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level 75
Jun 23, 2016
Thank goodness I don't think that, then. Wouldn't want to be like you. The CIA data you cite uses different standards for every country. The data I was giving is consistent across the board. You have a point that poverty influences longevity. This has been proven pretty starkly. But, to believe that a mere 6% (15 vs 9) of the population living in this condition would have significant impact on the entire nation's longevity, especially when there are so many other factors that influence it, while at the same time making silly generalizations about health care systems you obviously know little about in either country, makes you... well, I'll be more generous than you and not imply doing such a thing makes you an idiot... but it certainly suggests you're trying a bit too hard to make a certain point.
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level 75
Jun 23, 2016
Median income in the US is higher than Canada. Healthcare spending in the US is over $6k per patient vs $3k in Canada. There have been many studies about health outcomes, differences are small. Canada's outcomes might be better but they are "not consistent" according to a review of all such studies through 2007. To cut & paste from Wiki: the 2000 WHO's ratings of "overall health service performance", which used a "composite measure of achievement in the level of health, the distribution of health, the level of responsiveness and fairness of financial contribution", ranked Canada 30th and the US 37th globally. This study rated the US "responsiveness", or quality of service for individuals receiving treatment, as 1st, compared with 7th for Canada. However, life expectancy for Canadians was 80.34 years compared to 78.6 years for Americans.
There are lots of differences. Calling one system "good" and implying the other is "bad" is, misinformed? Biased? Probably not idiocy.
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level 58
Dec 25, 2016
I think we can all see who is trying too hard to make a certain point.
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level 51
Aug 16, 2017
Free healthcare helps. Obviously.
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level 75
Dec 5, 2017
If the answer you came up with is someone other than those I'm responding to then you just disproved your hypothesis, coro.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
My guess is our lack of exercise in the US is as at much to blame as our diet - too many of us driving when we could walk, sitting on our behinds playing video games or doing internet trivia...
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level 25
Oct 11, 2012
Ugh these small countries are so annoying
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level 59
Aug 15, 2016
I live in a small country.
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level 70
Mar 14, 2018
kiwiquizzer, I LOVE YOUR COUNTRY and its healthcare. I injured myself skiing there, and IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I tried to give them my insurance info, being a tourist and all, and they were like, "Heavens, no – put that away! You have injured yourself in our fair country, so of course we are paying for it!" I highly recommend that everyone get injured skiing in New Zealand!!!
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level 39
Dec 19, 2012
18. misd singa and isr as well.
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level 64
Mar 16, 2019
¿Que?
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level 43
Jun 9, 2013
Hahahah, forgot Canada. Such a smartie
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level 20
Feb 9, 2014
70% that's alright.
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level 48
Apr 17, 2014
I'm surprised Vatican City isn't on there.
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level 19
Aug 27, 2017
Nobody is born there and nobody dies there.
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level 64
Mar 16, 2019
That's what the Illuminati would have you believe.
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level 60
Apr 17, 2014
Being from Ireland, I'm surprised Ireland is on the list.
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level 21
Jun 22, 2016
It's not now.
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level 18
Apr 17, 2014
"highest life expectancies AT BIRTH" might explain why Vatican City is not on the list. Nearly guessed Israel just when the time's up.
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level 32
Apr 17, 2014
Where's Luxembourg?
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level 34
Apr 3, 2015
how do you not know where Luxembourg is???????? Anyway its in the lowlands near the Netherlands and Belgium.
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level 22
Apr 18, 2014
Got all the obscure by guessing but missing the Netherlands and Iceland is embarrassing
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level 20
Jun 27, 2014
getting them all except Italy... wow
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level 26
Dec 1, 2014
got all of them other than switzerland.
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level 57
Dec 27, 2014
Got all of them except Israel :(
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level 44
Jan 27, 2015
Who said that gambling is bad for your life? Monaco is the 1st one!
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level 27
Mar 11, 2015
I'm amazed Japan is even *on* this list, let alone near the top. They are overcrowded, have to import most of their goods, prone to earthquakes, radiation (when reactors are damaged by earthquakes), and tsunamis. I can only conclude one thing--everyone there must be lying about their age!
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level 58
Dec 24, 2015
Japan's population is so high that a tsunami or reactor mistake would hardly change its life expectancy. Their population is aging too, so most people who die in tsunamis or power plant mistakes would be in their seventies anyway..
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level 48
Jun 25, 2016
This is quite a prejudice!! The radiation from Fukushima has literally 0 effect to the health for the entire population!! Radiation is only limited to a small area of Japan, but if you still insist that there should be a few effect for those living close by, research shows that there is a certain threshold of radiation that causes threat to health. Below that, it is basically nil. However, I would point out that the medical care system here works so that it would prolong one's life as long as possible. If you think of QOL, I don't think it is something to be all happy about.
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level 36
Apr 27, 2016
ISRAEL!! What :D i missed it :(
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level 40
May 30, 2016
I was randomly guessing countries in alphabetical order I would of never guessed Israel. Lol
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level 76
Jun 23, 2016
So which was it, random or alphabetical?
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level 58
Jun 22, 2016
There is a fantastic graduation speech by Adrian Tan to a group of students in Singapore, in which he says "Singapore has the third-longest life expectancy, behind only Monaco and Japan, and ahead of Iceland and San Marino. Do you know what these countries all have in common? Our football teams are hopeless. Fans are unlikely to be thrown in draining fits during a game. They are more likely to lulled into a gentle and restful nap." And that is the only reason I know the top five countries in this category.
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level 75
Jun 22, 2016
Japan's women's football team is pretty good.
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level 26
Jun 22, 2016
Nobody watches the Japan's women's team play, even if they are more famous then Japan's men's team.
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level 75
Jun 23, 2016
Well I'm not as sexist as European football fans, so I watched them play. My grandmother and I saw their upset victory over the American team in the World Cup final. One of the only football games I've ever sat through in my life.
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level 58
Jun 23, 2016
That game was so great. I was sad to see the U.S. lose, but it was a lot of fun to watch, and the Japanese women had a great story of their own.
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level 76
Jun 23, 2016
Hmmm, USA has a crap team, yet it hasn't helped our life expectancy.
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level 58
Jun 23, 2016
Our team isn't really "crap" though. Americans just dismiss anything we aren't the best at. The U.S. men's team consistently makes the World Cup, and has advanced to the knockout round several times in recent memory. Certainly, we're not close to competing with the likes of Germany, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Italy, etc., but our team isn't terrible. We're a second-tier team. And our women's team is probably the best in the world.
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level 75
Jun 26, 2016
probably? probably?? The US women's soccer team is the most dominant football squad in the history of the game, period. Just since 1996, they've won FOUR Olympic gold medals and one silver. No men's football team has managed to do that and they've been playing men's football at the Olympics since 1900. Let that sink in. They've managed to get more medals in less than 20 years than ANY men's team has gotten in 120. They've also won the World Cup three times since the first Women's World Cup in 1991, and have NEVER not finished in the top 3. Again, something that no men's team has ever done.

And, considering that soccer is like the 20th most popular sport in the USA and nobody gives a crap, the men's team is outstanding. I mean in 2009 they beat Spain, the No. 1 team in the world. In 1998 they beat Brazil, also ranked No. 1 in the world. In 2010 their draw against England allowed them to win their group. They're not terrible. But they should be. Which makes them remarkable.
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level 37
Jun 24, 2016
I know the U.S. has a different lifestyle and all, but it is a shame we can't seem to get on the list with all the modern medicines we have. Also, as a side note, I wonder where Finland ranks. I don't think it would be that far away because Sweden and Norway are on here.
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level 75
Jun 26, 2016
Finland: 80.77. USA: 79.68.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
Have you checked the price of those modern medicines? I am on two tier-three drugs for an auto-immune disorder which cost me $241 out-of-pocket each until I reach my yearly deductible - after that they cost $64 per prescription. It's not easy for retirees and others who are on those modern drugs. (That's after paying the monthly charges of $134 for required Medicare Part B, $188 for required supplemental insurance, and $33 for the drug plan.) If it weren't for modern medical science I wouldn't be alive today, so I'm grateful for that, but it is expensive just to stay alive in America. What angers me is that those same drugs can be purchased in other countries for much less.
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level 64
Jul 1, 2016
Nothing from the Americas... So dissapointing.
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level 75
Dec 5, 2017
The list of countries that could ever hope to make it is exactly two entries long. Unless you believe Michael Moore. :D
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level 44
Jun 16, 2018
Except Canada. That's included.
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level 71
Jan 21, 2017
Interesting that there seems to be no correlation with the quiz on GDP
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level 75
Dec 5, 2017
huh? There's a pretty damn high correlation. What are you talking about?
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level 75
Dec 5, 2017
Do you mean total GDP and not GDP per capita?
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level ∞
Mar 14, 2018
There is a very high correlation between life expectancy and GDP per capita. Although, @kalbahamut, you'll be disappointed to know that life expectancy correlates slightly more strongly with PPP GDP than with nominal GDP.
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level 75
Mar 14, 2018
Why would I be disappointed? I'm absolutely not wrong about the fact that it is incredibly silly to measure a whole nation's overall GDP in terms of PPP... but PPP DOES make sense used in other ways, for example, in measuring the ability of people within a country to obtain healthcare.... THEN it actually makes a lot of sense to look at PPP per capita.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
I never asserted PPP was useless or meaningless. It has its uses. For measuring things like poverty, or minimum wages, which of course correlates to the ability of people to purchase healthcare or basic necessities like shelter and baseline nutrition. It is misused when trying to apply it to the total size of a country's economy, though.
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level 43
Nov 4, 2017
Current rank sees Japan at 1s, then Switzerland, then Singapore, Australia, Spain, Iceland, Italy and Israel... This seems a bit old. Also, in most cases micronations rank high because the old people from other nations go there to live
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level 23
Jan 26, 2018
Surprised about Israel. Israelis don't have the best health habits.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
lots of doctors, though.
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level 43
Jan 31, 2018
Israel is surprise for me same as Australia.
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level 53
Mar 14, 2018
Description says 20 countries when there are 21!
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level 81
Mar 14, 2018
Blame it on the kiwis!
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level 69
Mar 14, 2018
Almost 90 years in Monaco? Damn.
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level 14
Mar 14, 2018
Good old Israel, where all you neighbors want you dead because you're Jewish. It's a miracle that they have the life expectancy they do.
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level 64
Mar 16, 2019
That's really not why the world wants Israel to stop cramming the natives of the country into an embargoed pocket of poverty. Quit using the knee jerk defense.
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level 69
Mar 14, 2018
This quiz got me to level 66. It was nearly six months ago that I got to level 65. So I might be quite old when I get a few more levels higher!
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level 74
Mar 16, 2018
I'm sure the quizmaster will soon reset a whole lot of quizzes that will destroy your hard work and bring your level back down.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
Yep. He did.
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level 7
Apr 1, 2018
I'm surprised that Israel is in the list.
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level 38
May 10, 2018
I always forget Austria, despite the fact that I have actually been there!
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level 33
May 18, 2018
how the hell is israel higher than countries like sweden and luxembourg
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level 46
May 27, 2018
Exactly my thinking!
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level 44
Jun 16, 2018
Surprised not to see Finland, Germany, Denmark and the UK. I guess they must be among the next on the list.
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level 69
Jul 3, 2018
Germans die from exhaustion because they must wörk wörk wörk all the time.
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level 8
Jul 3, 2018
Most of them are European.. Good job Europe!
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level 75
Jul 3, 2018
For the umpteenth time, the only one I missed was one I was sure I'd already typed. That hole in my brain is growing bigger.
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level 34
Jul 3, 2018
I got Iceland because i thought the pic of the old man looked like he was from there :D
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level 75
Jul 5, 2018
I think he's Japanese.
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level 34
Jul 6, 2018
OK, I just immediately imagined him as from Iceland or Norway or somewhere there...not sure why, I've never been up there before...
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level 75
Jan 26, 2019
QM has since changed the picture. Don't know where that guy is from. Monaco, maybe?
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level 32
Jul 5, 2018
Spelt Liechtenstein wrong and didn't get Israel Please include other spellings from Liechtenstein as many people could get that wrong
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level 44
Jan 6, 2019
Got em all with 14 second left. Guessed Monaco last.
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