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Want a Long Life? Move to Spain

2040 Life Expectancy Forecast: Spain longest-living with Switzerland near top.

Spanish couple terrace rooftop with their dogs. Spain is predicted to top Japan for longest life expectancy in the world by 2040.

Spain has always been a popular tourist destination, but a new study that predicts it will lead the world’s nations for life expectancy in 2040 could make it a prime country for a permanent relocation.

The study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the United States predicts that people in Spain will live for more than 85 years by 2040. That’s good enough to allow Spain to barely edge out Japan for the predicted top spot.

People living in Switzerland will be expected to live for more than 85 years by 2040. While that’s two years more than the current Swiss life expectancy, the forecast also says Switzerland’s ranking among the world’s longest-living nations will slip just a bit to fourth in 2040 from its current second-place position.

The study predicts Singapore will maintain its current third-place ranking in 2040 and Portugal will make a big jump in life expectancy by leaping from 23rd to fifth in the world by 2040.

Australia, home of CSL Behring’s parent company, CSL Limited, rounds out the predicted 2040 top ten with a life expectancy of more than 84 years.

Researchers developed the 2040 forecast by studying 250 causes of death in 195 countries and territories.

The full study and rankings can be found at