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Eight Countries With the Longest Life Expectancy
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8. Andorra

With an average life expectancy of around 82 years, Andorra has frequently topped the list of countries with the longest lifespans. It is located in southwest Europe, nestled between Spain and France. People speculate that one of the reasons people live longer here is due to the fresh mountain air; a whopping 92 percent of the country is covered in forest.

People may also live longer because of the country's altitude and high income, as well as the many opportunities residents have to stay active. Locals (and tourists!) can ski over 186 miles of slopes, and can hike on one of the country's 65 mountains. In fact, you can hike all the way across Andorra without ever coming across a major town.

7. Hong Kong

A drastic shift from the tiny, heavily forested Andorra, Hong Kong has a slightly higher average life expectancy — 83 years. Although it may seem surprising that such a crowded city could boast such a healthy population, there are actually a number of factors that lead to the longevity of Hong Kong's residents.

Despite its towering skyscrapers and busy city streets, Hong Kong actually incorporates quite a few parks for people to escape the hustle and bustle. Residents also have easy access to hospitals, eat a fairly healthy diet, and have access to hiking areas and beaches just outside the city. The layout of Hong Kong also promotes frequent walking rather than constant driving, enabling residents to naturally incorporate exercise into their lives.

6. Iceland

Iceland's average life expectancy of 83 is likely due to a combination of environmental factors and genetics. Iceland's harsh climate means that for hundreds of years, the residents who survived were the ones who were able to make it through unheated winters, poverty, and agricultural trouble — some people suggest that modern residents of Iceland are simply primed for survival.

Regardless of its history, the main contributor to the country's longevity is its allocation of funds; more money is put towards ensuring that residents have access to food and healthcare, thus enabling them to live longer. People living here also usually eat a diet heavy in healthy fish, and tend to exercise frequently; Iceland holds eight "World's Strongest Man" titles, and is home to two-time Crossfit Games winner Annie Thorisdóttir.

5. San Marino

If you're interested in health and fitness, you've probably heard about the Mediterranean diet. Heavy in healthy fats, seafood, and whole grains, this style of eating is thought to increase heart health and reduce rates of chronic disease. Incidentally, it is also the main diet in San Marino.

This tiny republic is landlocked by Italy, and boasts an average life expectancy of 83.3. With a length of just eight miles, San Marino is one of the smallest independent states in Europe and the second smallest republic in the world. In addition to eating a healthy diet, residents of San Marino enjoy incredibly low unemployment rates, free education, and free comprehensive healthcare.

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