Life expectancy in Asia

According to WHO, most people in Asia when they are born can count on living more than 70 years. Some countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan or Afghanistan, unfortunately, have a lot of work to do to raise their life expectancy levels to the current average on the continent and, unfortunately, the instability caused, among other factors, by centuries of foreign intervention in the region keeps preventing the rise of these numbers. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Macao, Japan and Hong Kong which are not just the best in Asia but in the whole world.

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Population change in Asia

Although most of the countries in Asia still exhibit population growth of more than 1% per year, some places have seen their rates fall under this mark and some even went into negative numbers. Somewhere the decline is intentional, like in China and their one-child policy (which was scrapped in 2021 and now the government is trying to promote completely the opposite). In other places, like Syria, other more devastating factors are at play. Georgia’s population is also declining, however, the rate of decline between 2015 and 2020 was the lowest since 1990, so there’s still an upward trajectory there. Japan’s population also has begun to decline since 2010.

Although the growth rate of around 1% might sound like not that much, it means that in 70 years the population of the country would double. So if everything stays the same (which, obviously, won’t happen) the population of India in 2100 would be nearing 3 billion people. Not a small change.

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