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Swiss women live longest, Koreans see their doctors most often, says study Add to ...

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report today detailing trends in health and health-care around the globe.

Some highlights:

1. It’s a good time to be a highly-educated Swiss woman
Average life expectancy now exceeds 80 years, but the Japanese, Swiss and Italians still have an extra year on Canadians, who typically live until 81. Canadians are still expected to outlive Germans, Irish, Chinese and Americans.

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Women can expect to outlive their male counterparts by 5.5 years.

Those with the highest level of education typically live six years longer than those with the lowest education level.

2. It’s a bad time to be a male driver in Brazil
In countries studied by the OECD in 2011, 107,000 people were killed in transport accidents. Of the victims, 74 per cent were men.

Brazil – followed by Russia, Mexico and Chile – has the highest transport accident mortality rate, about three times that of Canada.

Most fatal traffic injuries occur in passenger vehicles, but in Greece, Italy and France, motorcyclists account for over 25 per cent of transport deaths.

3. Danish 15-year-olds get drunk the most, but still eat their fruits and veggies
More than 40 per cent of 15-year-olds in Denmark report having experienced being drunk at least twice, in comparison to 30 per cent in Canada. Across the border, fewer than 20 per cent of American 15-year-olds admit to knocking back a few too many.

When it comes to nutrition, Danish kids, especially girls, eat fruits and vegetables most often with Canadians and the Swiss trailing closely behind.

4. Austrian girls smoke and work out more than any other children
More 15-year-old girls in Austria admit to smoking at least once a week than those in any other country. Canadian boys and girls trail the pack with 20 per cent less of them admitting to smoking.

However, 11-year-old Austrian girls get more exercise than children elsewhere.

5. Koreans spend the most time with their doctors
Koreans make the most visits to their doctor every year, followed by the Japanese and Hungarians.

On average, Canadians make just over seven visits to their doctor annually, beating out South Africans, Brazilians and Mexicans, who typically make doctors’ visits three times a year.

6. American men believe they are healthiest
In all countries studied by the OECD, men are more likely than women to believe they are in good health, except in Australia where 85.4 per cent of both genders believe they are healthy.

In the U.S., 89.5 per cent of the population reports being in good health, in comparison to just 30 per cent of Japanese people – who have the highest life expectancy.

Canadians closely trail their neighbours with 88.2 per cent of Canucks believing they are in good health.

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