The expat lifestyle brings with it many advantages, but one of the surprising ones is that by moving to another country, you can actually increase your life expectancy if you adopt the local cuisine and pace of life. Geneticists might argue that your life expectancy is pre-determined by your genes, but there’s no disputing that the inhabitants of certain countries enjoy a longer lifespan.
If you are planning to relocate, you may want to consider one of these countries. This, of course, does not automatically mean that you will live a lot longer, but factors like improved healthcare, low pollution and a good diet will go a long way to keeping you healthier.
Monaco is one of the wealthiest countries in the world where citizens can expect to reach the ripe old age of 89. Their longevity can be put down to an excellent state-funded healthcare system, good social services and a good diet. The country’s Mediterranean climate means plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are consumed as well as a lot of fish, which is high in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Japan is renowned for the lifespan of its residents. The average life expectancy in Japan is 84.46 years and many make it into the triple figures. The reason for this is varied. The Japanese are less reliant on cars and tend to walk where they can. Hygiene levels in Japan are also very high, so disease is kept to a minimum. The Japanese diet is also very healthy, filled with plenty of fish, leafy green vegetables and seaweed. As a nation, the Japanese also practice Hara Hachi Bu, which means they only eat until they are 80% full, resulting in the lowest adult obesity rate worldwide.
Similar to Japan, the life expectancy in Singapore is 84.38 years and many put this down to the fact that Singaporeans live in one of the cleanest, safest and most well-ordered societies on the planet. Excellent healthcare is available to all citizens and the Singaporean cuisine is a mix of several cultures and is high in vegetables, fruit and lean meat.
Switzerland is often at the top of many expat lists – when it comes to salaries, lifestyle and job prospects. It also offers longevity with the overall life expectancy being 82 years. This can be attributed to its pollution-free environment, good healthcare, and its safe environment as a ‘neutral’ country in times of warfare. It’s also renowned for its healthy, happy and stress-free lifestyle.
The overall life expectancy in Iceland is 81 years and it it is known to be one of the healthiest countries in the world with a very low infant mortality rate. There is no private healthcare in Iceland, but the public healthcare standards are very good and everyone has access to it, regardless of income. The Icelandic diet is also very simple consisting of plenty of fish, lean meat, fruit and vegetables. Added to a healthy diet, Icelanders are very active, engaging in ice climbing, kayaking and rock climbing. Icelanders also attribute their longevity to their habit of spending many hours enjoying the hot springs filled with healthy minerals.
If you are lucky enough to be living in one of these countries or are planning on relocating abroad, contact FinGlobal for expert, personalised advice concerning financial emigration, competitive foreign exchange rates and other financial aspects relating to living abroad including transferring retirement annuities and tax refunds.