is one of the highest in the world!
Spain’s life expectancy is currently 83 years and five months, although women in Spain live to an average of nearly 86, being marginally second to only Sweden and Japan.
Around the world, life expectancy is a mean age of 80 years and 6 months, with Columbia being the lowest at 74 years and 7.2 months, so being in Tenerife gives us a few more years to enjoy living here.
According to a study by the National Statistics Institute of Spain (INE), in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the place with the highest life expectancy and just behind Sta Cruz de Tenerife is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. There is a combination of reasons for the longer life expectancy, including the fact that infant mortality has reduced and deaths from the main non-accidental causes has also gone down.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic likely to cause a world recession for a while, there is speculation that deaths from non-virus causes will increase because of reasons attributed to the expected recession. However, research shows that although life expectancy has risen steadily in every consecutive year since the middle of the previous financial crisis in Spain, no pattern has been revealed showing that life expectancy slowed down since Spain was gripped by recession and mass unemployment.
So, living in Tenerife, even with a worldwide pandemic affecting how all countries must act, and react, to this, we will still have one of the highest life expectancy rates on earth, whilst also living in one of the safest nations in the world.
People say that we are very lucky, but are we, or did we make our own luck by choosing to live here?