Date
26 July 2017
Hong Kong men have the highest life expectancy in the world at 81.2 years. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong men have the highest life expectancy in the world at 81.2 years. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong men outlive global counterparts, govt data shows

The average life expectancy of men in Hong Kong is 81.2 years, the longest in the world, Sing Tao Daily reported, citing the latest data from the Census and Statistics Department.

On the other hand, Hong Kong women tend to live longer with an average life expectancy of 86.7 years, next only to their counterparts in Japan, where the average is 86.83, the report said. Spain is third at 85.6 years.

Among men, the average life expectancy in Hong Kong last year was up by 0.1 year compared with 2013, according to the CSD’s Women and Men in Hong Kong — Key Statistics (2015 Edition), which was released on Thursday.

It’s the highest in the world for the second year in a row. Hong Kong is followed by Iceland, where the average life expectancy for men is 80.8 years. 

Japan, Singapore and Switzerland came in the third with 80.5 years.

The CSD report suggests continuing improvement in the health conditions of Hong Kong citizens, as well as better medical services and public awareness of health-related issues.

Meanwhile, the number of newly born babies in Hong Kong was 62,305 last year, down from a peak of 91,558 in 2012.

The decrease might be due to the government’s move not to allow mainland spouses who are not Hong Kong permanent residents to give birth in Hong Kong, the department said.

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