Highest Life Expectancy Countries With Exceptions

Name the countries with the highest life expectancies that aren't in Europe.
Life expectancy at birth. 2018 estimates according to the CIA World Factbook
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Last updated: July 23, 2019
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Years
Rank
Country
85.5
2
Japan
85.5
2
Singapore
82.7
7
Israel
82.5
10
South Korea
82.4
11
Australia
82.0
15
Canada
81.4
22
New Zealand
80.4
32
Taiwan
80.1
33
United States
Years
Rank
Country
79.1
34
Bahrain
79.1
35
Chile
79.0
36
Cyprus
79.0
36
Qatar
78.9
38
Costa Rica
78.9
38
Cuba
78.9
38
Panama
78.7
42
United Arab Emirates
78.3
44
Kuwait
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Level 64
Feb 6, 2017
Quizmaster there's a mistake. Cyprus is one of the answers but it's in Europe
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
Cyprus is in Asia.
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Level 71
Feb 6, 2017
Here we go...
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Level 57
Feb 6, 2017
It's in Europe
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Level 58
Oct 1, 2019
Cyprus is in Asia.
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Level 61
May 14, 2021
Its in Earth get it right
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Level 63
Jun 4, 2021
If only we could accept that Eurasia is a single continent, we wouldn't have this controversial topic to begin with.
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2018
I agree with you- we all know Cyprus is closer to Africa and Asia but it is still hard to put it in a category because it is an island - therefore not attached to a continent directly. And given the fact that it is still close enough to Europe geographically but especially culturally plus an EU member it should be considered Europe
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Level 81
Jul 26, 2019
And Australia participates in the Eurovision song contest, hence it is in Europe. Right? Cyprus is in Asia. Turkey is in Asia (apart from that little bit on the European side of the Bosphorus). Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in Asia. That's it.
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2019
Georgia and Azerbaijan are partly in Europe.
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Level 69
Aug 5, 2019
grabing popcorn again...
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Level 66
Oct 5, 2019
Cyprus is culturally, politically and historically European, ethnically kinda European, Geographically European. End of the discussion.
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Level 68
Mar 9, 2020
Cyprus is in no way European geographically.
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Level 43
Oct 7, 2020
cyprus is not europe u good
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2017
Never heard of Cyprus being in Asia but that's myabe because, as it is a part of European Union, we think it that way in Europe... Geographically it may be part of Asia (Geologically maybe) but as it's a part of every european organisation existing (and of non of their asian counterparts), I find this a bit perturbing.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2017
Never heard of Cyprus being in Asia and you have 50 jetpunk points??
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Level 73
Feb 6, 2017
They know sports statistics very well.
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
Just look where it is, close to Turkey and Syria... The problem is that people probably think that the Mediterranean sea belongs to Europe (must be a Roman misconception). On the other hand, do you know that Turkey has been a serious candidate to enter the EU (that's before Erdogan made it impossible) ? It is not required to be set in Europe to become a member of European political organisations.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2017
Well, maybe that comes from the fact that it's populated by Europeans - Greeks and Turks.
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2017
Turks are Europeans? And what about the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand which are all mostly populated by Europeans?
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Level 50
Jun 16, 2018
Interestingly, although it was never discussed seriously, there was talk of Canada joining the EU at one point.
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Level 83
Jul 23, 2019
Luxembourg, Czechia and Slovakia are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Where can you go to surf there?

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Level 64
May 17, 2017
I'm European and I've always considered Cyprus to be a part of Asia. The EU and other alike unions/organisations do not define continental borders. Someone once commented that it's culturally European and geographically Asian. It's as simple as that.
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2018
well I'm from Cyprus and I consider Cyprus European. it is still close enough plus not attached to a continent (I mean why not an African nation? it is also close to Egypt...)
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Level 79
Nov 22, 2019
Because Asia is closer than Africa
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Level 43
Feb 6, 2017
I guess the safest ones are the ones with the smallest population. Ireland is pretty safe but it's in Europe so it doesn't count
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2017
Don't know how I missed Israel...

Great quiz though!

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Level 65
Feb 6, 2017
I guess you can argue that since a piece of turkey lies in Europe then it could apply for EU membership. But I cannot understand why Cyprus is deemed to be in Asia. It is a European country in the EU uses the euro, etc.etc. I have seen quizzes where it gets put back into Europe.

Just like the Ural mountains make Cyprus the cut-off point where Europe ends and Asia begins.

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Level 79
Feb 6, 2017
French Guiana is in EU, uses Euro etc
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Level 72
Feb 6, 2017
So you're admitting that only a small part of Turkey is in Europe, and yet the boundary line then curves through the Aegean and Mediterranean, between the Greek islands and Turkish mainland, out around Cyprus, between Cyprus and Syria/Lebanon, then back into the rest of the Mediterranean between Crete and Libya?

Check a map and tell me that's not an illogically absurd geographical "cut-off"

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Level 46
Feb 6, 2017
I believe Turkey has already applied for EU membership
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Level 64
May 17, 2017
They have but they won't get it.
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2017
Got Dominican republic somehow? Also I suggest you take Cyprus off the list, there is some controversy depending if it's in europe or asia
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Level 63
Feb 6, 2017
Huh, where did I here that type of argument before.
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Level 62
Feb 7, 2017
I don't think there is any controversy regarding Cyprus, it's geographically in Asia so it counts.
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Level 67
Feb 6, 2017
Surprised Dominican Republic is here, while Uruguay, Argentina, Dominica and Brunei aren't. Cuba seems to surprise people, but the country has one of the best health care systems so it makes sense. Also, I always forget Cyprus on these kinds of quizzes, as it seems to me to be more European.
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Level 67
Feb 7, 2017
I used to be confused about Cyprus being in Asia but then I looked at a map. Now I'm confused by how people think it's in Europe.
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Level 72
Feb 16, 2017
I really, really like this comment. People seem so set on Cyprus being European just by what they've heard (like EU status). If you just look at a map, it makes no sense.

Thank you sir/madam.

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Level ∞
Aug 17, 2019
If we are basing it on distance to the continental mainland then the most logical placement for Cyprus would be, in order:

1. Asia

2. Africa

3. Europe

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Level 73
Jan 7, 2021
See? I knew Europe would be there!
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2020
It really depends on whether you think Turkey is in Europe or not. Or how much of it is in Europe
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Level 30
Apr 24, 2017
Though Cyprus was part of Europe.
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2021
thought* but I agree
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Level 50
Jul 26, 2018
Where’s Italy? Their life expectancy is over 83 years.
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Level 82
Oct 14, 2018
In Europe.
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Level 83
Jul 23, 2019
That's the only European country you noticed missing?
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2019
Cuba? I guess they are excluding all the babies with birth defects they kill and all those who are murdered without trial.
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Level ∞
Aug 17, 2019
While it's certainly possible that these things happen in Cuba I doubt that it has a noticeable impact on the life expectancy. This comment seems unnecessarily inflammatory.
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Level 42
Oct 1, 2019
That doesn't happen in Cuba
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Level 74
Jul 30, 2019
The CIA World Factbook had better check with the experts at the CDC. In the National Vital Statistics Report published June 24, 2019, they said that the US life expectancy fell, for the 3rd year in a row, now down to 78.6 years. The US would still be on the list, but near the bottom. And no where near 80.1. The CDC publishes this every year, so I don't know where the CIA is getting their info but maybe going to the epidemiologists who actually study this might be a good idea.
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Level ∞
Aug 17, 2019
78.6 and 80.1 aren't really that different. Does the CDC publish an error range? I would expect that the numbers for other countries would actually have much larger error ranges.
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2019
It's more useful to follow trends from data from the same source, rather than comparing different sources.
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2019
The least guessed answer? Cyprus, ofc :)
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Level 30
Oct 1, 2019
Best just to let Jetpunk keep thinking Cyprus is in Europe
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Level 63
Oct 1, 2019
That number for the US seems pretty high. Last I heard it was more like 76 or 77. Not really sure how it can be a measurement error though, since I assume that deaths in the US are well recorded. Is there some methodology other than taking the average age of people who die in a specific year being used?
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2019
I'm not sure how they calculate it. The number is for life expectancy at birth. Clearly, previous estimates for life expectancy have been very inaccurate as life spans have risen a lot.
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Level 44
Oct 2, 2019
Well, in the geography song my kids used to sing, Cyprus is in the Middle East song, so that sure seems like Asia to me.
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Level 50
Oct 7, 2019
Let's count how many times someone said something about Cyprus being in Europe :)
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Level 75
Feb 14, 2020
Don't think it's been mentioned yet has it?
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2021
Look at the top of the comment section.
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Level 42
May 10, 2021
I think it's pretty clear that Cyprus is in Europe. I see people talking in the comments here about where you draw the boundary but it's a cultural thing. As a landmass it really is just Eurasia, the division of Europe and Asia is cultural... and when people say "It's closer to Asia" I think they mean "It's closer to Turkey which I've identified as being an Asian country". But the thing is it's possible for a country to exist in both... Russia for example has a European bit and an Asian bit... I would say the same is true for Turkey... the west half is clearly Europe especially "East Thrace"... and if you look at how far Ukraine stretches... Cyprus being in Europe is not problematic if Ukraine is allowed to stretch so far into the Caucasus and still be unambiguously named as a European country. It's a cultural thing... Cyprus is in the EU... there's no doubt about it. It's Europe.
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Level 61
May 14, 2021
Japan and Singapore: Finally a worthy opponent. Our battle will be legendary!