British scientists believe that life expectancy in a certain country will exceed 90 years by 2030. And no, that country is not the U.K.

According to a study led by World Health Organization (WHO) and British scientists at Imperial College London, life expectancy for those who will be born in 2030 will exceed 90 years in one particular country, while in a few others, it will come very close to the same number.

Here is the top countries with highest longevity:

  1. South Korea, where life expectancy for babies born in 2030 will be 90.8 for women and 84.1 for men
  2. France, with a female life expectancy of 88.6 years
  3. Japan, with 88.4 (females)
  4. Australia, with 84.0 (males)
  5. Switzerland, with 84.0 (males)

The top, divided by gender and countries, is the result of crossing 21 models based on weather forecast techniques and patterns of mortality and longevity. 35 countries were included in the study.

 

 

Prof. Majid Ezzati, of the School of Public Health at Imperial College, explains the significance of the findings: “Many people used to believe that 90 years is the upper limit for life expectancy, but this research suggests we will break the 90-year-barrier.” The results also suggest that nations should prepare, in the following decades, to sustain a population of elders that will be larger than ever before.

While South Korea, Japan, France, Australia and Switzerland can thank their population DNA and health care system for the longevity of around 90 years, the United States has to catch up on that. The study suggests that Americans in the U.S. can expect an increase of 2.1 years in longevity. That translates in a change from the average of 81.2 to 83.3 in women and from 76.5 to 79.5 in men.

Even though the average life expectancy for people in the U. S. is not low, it will not rise significantly, as predictions took into account the rising rates in obesity, the high rates of mother and child deaths and the high rates in homicide.

In contrast, South Korea’s constant efforts to improve its citizen’s status economically and healthwise, makes predictions add 6.6 years to the current lifespan.