A recent study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has revealed that Hong Kong boasts the highest life expectancy in the world.
Surpassing Japan, men in Hong Kong have an average life expectancy of 81.3 years while women have a life expectancy of 87.3 years, according to data from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP).
Although Hong Kong is not included in the Global AgeWatch Index, a measure assessing the social and economic wellbeing of populations in over 90 countries, the CUHK research used the same criteria to reveal possible reasons that contribute to Hong Kong’s leading life expectancy figures.
This included enabling environments, allowing easy access through public transportation and public amenities, “enabling” Hong Kongers to live a healthier lifestyle.
Other suggested reasons include access to healthcare, a comfortable climate and weather and a cohesive family structure that provides financial and social support to the elderly.
According to the CHP, Hong Kong’s rise in life expectancy has steadily increased over the past 46 years, catching up with the world’s “blue zones.”
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