Human Development Data for the Arab States

Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.

Source: Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth. Male and female life expectancy source: (1) United Nations Population Division. 2009. World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision. New York, United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Country/Region 1980 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Algeria 59.6 67.1 70 71.6 71.9 72.2 72.4 72.6
Bahrain 69.9 72.5 73.8 74.4 74.5 74.6 74.8 74.9
Comoros 52 55.6 57.9 59 59.2 59.5 59.9 60.2
Djibouti 47.9 51.4 53.9 55.6 56 56.4 56.8 57.1
Egypt 56.2 62 69.1 71.5 71.9 72.2 72.5 72.7
Iraq 57.3 67.5 70.7 68.5 68.1 67.9 67.9 68.1
Jordan 67 70.4 72.1 72.6 72.8 72.9 73 73.2
Kuwait 70.5 72.7 73.8 74.1 74.2 74.3 74.4 74.5
Lebanon 66.6 68.7 70.6 71.5 71.7 71.9 72 72.2
Libya 60 68.1 72.5 73.6 73.9 74.1 74.3 74.5
Mauritania 53 55.9 57 57.2 57.3 57.5 57.7 57.9
Morocco 57.6 64.1 68.7 70.4 70.7 71 71.3 71.6
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. 68 70.9 71.7 71.9 72.1 72.3 72.5
Oman 60.8 70.6 74.1 73.6 73.3 73.1 73 73
Qatar 71.2 74.1 76.3 77.2 77.4 77.6 77.8 77.9
Saudi Arabia 62.3 68.8 71.5 72.7 72.9 73.2 73.4 73.6
Somalia 42.9 44.5 48.3 49.9 50 50.2 50.4 50.6
Sudan 49.3 52.5 57 59.5 59.9 60.2 60.5 60.8
Syrian Arab Republic 66.2 71.1 74 74.9 75.1 75.3 75.4 75.6
Tunisia 62.1 70.3 72.6 73.5 73.9 74.2 74.3 74.5
United Arab Emirates 68.7 72.1 74.6 75.7 75.9 76 76.2 76.4
Yemen 48.8 56.1 59.7 62.6 63.2 63.7 64.1 64.6
Arab States 56.8 63.2 67.4 68.9 69.1 69.4 69.6 69.9
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 64.8 67.9 70 71 71.2 71.5 71.7 71.9
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 66.2 68.1 67.5 68.3 68.9 69.4 69.6 70.2
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 64.4 68.2 71.6 72.9 73.1 73.4 73.6 73.9
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 48.5 51.1 54.4 56.6 57 57.5 57.9 58.3
OECD Members 72.2 74.6 77 78.2 78.5 78.7 78.9 79.1
South Asia 55.4 58.5 61.9 63.6 64 64.3 64.6 65
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 48.1 49.6 49.8 51.7 52.2 52.7 53.2 53.8
World 62.9 65.4 67.2 68.3 68.6 68.9 69.1 69.4


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