Date
15 December 2017
Experts attribute the longer life expectancy of Hongkongers to the city's affluence and its good health care system. Photo: HKEJ
Experts attribute the longer life expectancy of Hongkongers to the city's affluence and its good health care system. Photo: HKEJ

HK men and women live longest in the world, govt data shows

Hong Kong men and women have the longest life expectancy in the world, based on the latest data from the Census and Statistics Department.

As of 2015, men in the city has an average life expectancy of 81.2 years, unchanged from a year earlier and the longest in the world for the third year in a row, Sing Tao Daily reports.

As for Hong Kong women, their life expectancy rose by 0.4 year to 87.3 years. That’s the second year that they have clinched the crown, with their counterparts in Japan holding on to second place.

Data from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare released on Wednesday supports the findings.

The ministry found the average life expectancy of Japanese women was 87.05 last year, next only to Hong Kong and followed by Spain, where it’s 85.58 years.

Among men, Iceland and Switzerland share the second place at 81 years, while Japan follows at 80.79 years.

RTHK disc jockey Reinaldo Maria “Uncle Ray” Cordeiro, who is now 91 years old and holds the Guinness World Record for being “the World’s Most Durable DJ”, said there is no secret to longevity, except that one should stay happy and optimistic and do no evil, Apple Daily reports.

Geriatrician Paul Shea Tat-ming credits Hongkongers’ longevity to a well-developed society that keeps diseases from spreading and provides sufficient nutrition as well as the city’s good health care system that allows people to get timely medical treatment.

According to government data, the median ages for men and women in Hong Kong went up in 2015, suggesting an aging society.

The number was 42.8 years for women, up 0.3 from a year earlier, and 43.4 years for men, up 0.2.

A total of 59,878 babies were born in Hong Kong last year, down 2,472 from 2014.

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