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05/17/2014 10:59 EDT | Updated 05/19/2014 08:59 EDT

Life Expectancy In Canada Has Grown By 5 Years: WHO

We already knew Canadians were doing relatively well economically, but now we know they're living longer, too!

Average Canadian life expectancy at birth has risen by five years, according to a report by the World Health Organization.

The life expectancy for Canadians born in 1990 is 77 years; for people born in 2012, it's 82 years.

Women are also living longer than men in the Great White North. Males born in 2012 have a life expectancy of 80 years, while for females it's 84 years.

Canada isn't alone in producing residents with longer life expectancy — the whole world is living longer, according to the report.

In 1990, the global average life expectancy for both genders was 64 years old, and that has climbed to 70 years old for people born in 2012. The rise is most apparent in low income nations, where male and female life expectancy has grown by about nine years. This is largely due to a "rapid decrease in child mortality" in those countries.

WHO also noted that in countries with higher incomes, the higher ages of life expectancy came from fewer people dying from heart disesase and stroke before age 60, reported the CBC. In Canada, the death rate associated with heart attacks has dropped more than 75 per cent in the last 60 years.

And while our results may be impressive, Canada doesn't even rank in the top 10 for life expectancy worldwide.

Here's how the top-ranked countries break down:

Life Expectancy For People Born in 2012, Ranked By Country

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