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January 17, 2013 2:23 am

Israelis Have Fifth Highest Life Expectancy in the World

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Israelis have among the highest life expectancies in the world, with an overall life expectancy of 81.7 years, according to a new study released by the Jewish state’s Central Bureau for Statistics.

The study, which covered Israeli demographic trends from 2011, found that although Israeli men can expect to live shorter lives than Israeli women, when compared to other men around the world they come in second only to Switzerland.

According to the study, the overall Israeli life expectancy of 81.7 years puts Israel in fifth place out of all 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, and is two years more than the average OECD life expectancy of 79.7.

The OECD data, Israeli men have an average life expectancy of 79.9 years, coming in second only to Swiss men, who have an average life expectancy of 80.6. Men in Japan, Sweden, Iceland and Australia have similar life expectancies to Israeli men.

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