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Icelanders: World’s Third Oldest

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Icelanders: World’s Third Oldest

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Old age can be colorful. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Despite the lack of light and low pressure systems in winter, high housing costs and relatively low wages, Icelanders live longer than most. In fact, only the residents of Hong Kong and Japan live longer than we do. They can expect to survive 83.5 and 83.1 years, respectively, according to a new list from the World Economic Forum, Vísir reports. We share the third seat with Italy, expecting to make it for 82.9 years (based on figures from 2013).

Icelandic men can expect a life of 81.8 years, but women 84.5. That’s a slight increase from previous years.

The reason for our longevity is thought to be a healthy diet.

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