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Map. Life Expectancy at Birth, 1990-98


Life expectancy at birth is the average number of years newborn babies can be expected to live if health conditions stay the same. It reflects the health of a country's people and the quality of care they receive when they are sick. Countries with low life expectancy at birth tend to be located in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. Countries with high life expectancy at birth tend to be located in Europe, North America and parts of Asia and Latin America.

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