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International Research Reveals Singaporeans Live Longer Than Others In Tropics

Singaporeans have been noted to live longer than their counterparts in other tropical countries. This was recent research revealed by the State of the Tropics project.

The report said that Singaporeans can expect to live up to 80.6 years, 16 years longer than their counterparts in the tropical zone.

The report also showed that life expectancy in Singapore has increased by 20.4 years between 1950 and 2010 while life expectancy in the tropics has increased by 22.8 years to 64.4 also on the same period.

Meanwhile, women in Singapore are also expected to live longer than men, about four years longer for those born between 2005 and 2010. Life expectancy for women is 82.7 years and 78.5 years for men.

Singapore has also seen significant improvements in infant mortality rates, with only two deaths per 1,000 live births from 2005 to 2010. This is down from 61 deaths per 1,000 live births in the years 1950 to 1955.

Infant mortality across the tropics has fallen from 161 deaths per 1,000 live births to 58 over the same period.

These findings were recently released by 13 leading research institutions across 12 countries. The report is part of their initiative to define the challenges facing people who are living in the tropics.

According to Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University in Australia, and who initiated the State of the Tropics research, the tropical region has emerged as a critical area over the past half century. Among these institutions who took part in the research include Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Costa Rica’s Organisation for Tropical Studies, Fiji’s University of the South Pacific and Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia.

Singapore, which is one of the business and tourist hubs in Asia, has a total population of 5,353,494 as of 2011. The population growth rate is 1.993 percent. Based on statistics, the birth rate in Singapore in 2011 is 7.72 births per 1,000 population and the death rate is 3.41 deaths per 1,000 population.