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Map. Life Expectancy at Birth, 1990-98

1. Study the world Map and answer the following questions:

  1. What color on the map represents countries with higher life expectancies? Where do these countries tend to be located?
  2. What color represents countries with lowest life expectancies? Where do these countries tend to be located?
  3. What assumptions might you make about living conditions in the region with the lowest life expectancies?

2. Look at the Map and list five countries in which life expectancy at birth is less than 50 years, five in which it is between 50 and 59 years, five in which it is 60 to 69 years, and five in which it is 70 years or more.

  1. Now look at the Basic Data Tables, and find the economic group of each country on your list: low-income, middle-income, and high-income.
  2. Use this information to make a general statement describing the relationship between life expectancy at birth and income level.
  3. What assumptions can you make about living conditions in the countries in each category of life expectancy at birth?
  4. How might living conditions differ in low- or middle-income countries such as Armenia, Sri Lanka, or Cuba whose life expectancy at birth is 70 years or more?
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