The future is bright for those who call Spain their home. By 2040, they are expected to surge past the Japanese as the longest-living people in the world. According to a recent study, the average lifespan of a person living in Spain will be 85.8 years – passing by Japan, Switzerland, Sweden and France, countries that have long been at the top of the list.
Why are Spaniards on track to become the longest-living people across the globe? The aforementioned study credits the eating habits of the Spanish people, as well as the culture – which includes plenty of time spent with family and friends.
The Impact of Community on Longevity
In Spain, it’s not uncommon to come across people gathering in plazas well after dusk, or in cafes and bars where comrades rendezvous. Rather than overworking, the Spanish prefer to spend their time outside of work with those they love. Family time is important, too, with people taking regular siestas and spending more of their lives staying connected.
For some of us, it’s quite a different way of life. But according to some of Spain’s oldest residents, this type of close-knit community is helping people live longer.
The Rest of the Story
Community and a healthy diet aren’t the only reasons Spain will soon be home to the longest-living people in the world. Universal healthcare, a moderate climate, and healthy habits – they walk to and from many of their destinations – also play important roles.
According to a new report, Spain tied for the healthiest country in the world. It spends about 10 percent of its annual GDP on healthcare.
Come Visit and Stay in Spain
If you haven’t visited Spain in a while, now is a great time to consider relocation to a beautiful villa or golf course residence for you or your family. Especially along the Costa Calida, you’ll find abundant sunshine, plenty of activities to enjoy, and exciting markets where you’ll find tons of fresh fruits, veggies and fish – just some of the secrets to a long life here in Spain.