Spaniards have longer life expectancy than Portuguese

According to the CIA world fact-book, Spaniards can expect to live 79.92 years on average.  That’s nearly 80. (For Spanish men it’s 76.6 years, and 83.45 years for Spanish women).  That’s the highest in life expectancy in Europe and second highest in the world.

Their western neighbours in Portugal, however, only have a life expectancy of 78 years and two weeks. (Portuguese males are expected to live for 74 years, 9 months, and 11 days.  Portuguese females can expect to live for 81 years, six months and 11 days.)

Yes, Spaniards live almost two years longer than Portuguese.  Where did those two years go?  Portugal has a similar climate, and Spaniards smoke more.

What’s the secret of Spanish longevity?  We’ve investigated and were surprised by what we found.

If there’s enough interest, we’ll publish a special report, either here or elsewhere.  Don’t worry, if our report is published elsewhere, we’ll let you know about it right here on