You're going to need your bifocals - or the zoom feature on your home page - to have a closer look. But as you zoom in and out, you may find some surprises. One big surprise being that the U.S. doesn't rank particularly well on the chart. With a life expectancy of 79 years, we come in below the vast majority of Europe - where life expectancy peaks in Monaco at age 90. We also trail behind Australia (82,) Canada (81,) Japan(84,) and Taiwan (80.)
But even our measly 79 years seem like a luxury when compared to the average life expectancy in Africa which stands at a depressing 60 years. Two countries in particular tied for the lowest life expectancy -- Chad and South Africa -- both plagued by corruption, poverty, and disease and come in at a worrisome 49.
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