Thursday, November 24, 2011

Israel ranked #7 in World's Life Expectancy...US is #25

Need yet another reason to move to the Jewish State?

Israel is now ranked at #7 in life expectancy, coming at at 83.5 life expectancy years...with the USA lagging far behind at #25, with an expectancy of 80.6 years. (source)

I doubt the study took in account the stats of immigrants, who probably have higher blood pressure -- as a result of dealing with Israel's bureaucracy and idiosyncrasies. (Even though Israeli bureaucracy and customer service is far better than ever, and improving daily).

To your health! Labriyut (or Livriyut) -- to 120!

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Lady-Light said...

Jameel, you're the first person (besides me, of course) who has used the grammatical form livri'ut. Everybody and his uncle says "la'bri'ut." It's nice to hear.
I cracked up reading about the 'high blood pressure' of new olim. Maybe that's why we're not back yet...
Kol tuv, and happy Thanksgiving (remember that?)

westbankmama said...

I think there is a typo in your table. Why is Chile ahead of he United States with a life expectancy rate of 79,5?

Balashon said...

I think the immigrants actually play a major role. An person who immigrated to Israel at let's say age 30, could not have died before that. So with the large number of immigrants, that's got to raise the average life expectancy.

Anonymous said...

It's a little depressing that none of the comments on the original article notice that the chart has some severe typos.

Anonymous said...

Which is correct, the chart or the article?

"The OECD said U.S. life expectancy of 78.2 years ranked 28th - just behind Chile's and well below the average of 79.5 years among member nations."

Anonymous said...

Of course it's nice to grow old, be healthy and enjoy time with the grandchildren. But the truth is, without a monthly income of 10,000 - 12,000 NIS (adjusted yearly for inflation) it's going to be tough surviving into your 80s. And that's considering you own your own apartment with the mortgage paid off in full. Add another 5,000 NIS a month for rent if you rent. The stats are nice to read when you're under 60 but in reality, getting old sucks.

Daniel Weltman said...

I am not sure how reliable that article is. As has been mentioned already, the article and the table do not match, and the table is inconsistent.

However, if you actually go to the OECD website and download their Excel file of all their statistics, you will find that for 2009 (the latest extant data fofr Israel), Israel was ranked 5 in overall life expectancy. That is a higher ranking than the US, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and so forth.

View it yourself:,3343,en_2649_34631_2085200_1_1_1_1,00.html

Download the Excel file from the link in the red box, and click the link to "LE total population at birth", and you can sort in excel to see the highest LE.

Daniel Weltman said...

OECD Health Statistics

yoni r. said...

With their life expectancies, 120 is 36.5 years optimistic for the average Israeli.

mother in israel said...

Balashon is right--Israel's life expectancy is so high partially because of all of the immigrants, many of whom were fairly (from the FSU).

josh said...

Japan and Korea are at the top, but they also rank high in suicide:

Anonymous said...

Great news ! Now if only we can get our higher education stats to look as impressive. Sadly, our top university (Hebrew U.) ranked 120 this year on the world's top universities list, while Tel-Aviv University ranked in at just 173. Both universities have been steadily declining since 2008.

Joel Gold said...

Interesting statistics. Looking back, we know from Torah that after the flood G-d said man would have about 120 years, which was the case for many in the time of the Patriarchs. Then Moses wrote what is a mans life but 70 years, and if he has strength 80 years. Things really haven't changes very much over many many years. We really shouldn't focus so much on this life, passing away as it is. Our attention should be on eternal life which is mentioned in Torah and Tanakh. Exodus, Job, Daniel, Psalms...etc. Through faith in Yeshua, we can be assured of eternal life with G-d. How wonderful. May our focus be more on the hereafter rather than the here and now.

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