A combination of a Mediterranean-influenced diet, strong family and cultural values, and a sharp health system helps Israel rank fifth for longevity. Plus, the rate of alcohol consumption in Israel is one of the lowest in the world, despite Tel Aviv’s hedonistic reputation. Life Lesson: To balance the late nights, soak up the sun while running or biking along the coast, like here on HaYarkon Street in Tel Aviv.

5. Israel

A combination of a Mediterranean-influenced diet, strong family and cultural values, and a sharp health system helps Israel rank fifth for longevity. Plus, the rate of alcohol consumption in Israel is one of the lowest in the world, despite Tel Aviv’s hedonistic reputation. Life Lesson: To balance the late nights, soak up the sun while running or biking along the coast, like here on HaYarkon Street in Tel Aviv.
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5 Countries Where People Live the Longest

Discover secrets for a long and satisfied life from nations that know best.

Travelers throughout history searched for a mythical spring with healing waters that promised everlasting life. Although a true Fountain of Youth remains to be found, people today live longer than ever.

Common sense says that the more developed the economy, the better chances it has for longer life expectancy with access to a high level of healthcare. Plus, a healthy diet never hurts. [Read more about the happiest countries in the world.]

The UN relied on longevity around the world as one factor to weigh into rankings of the happiest countries in its latest report. Here are some secrets travelers can learn from the countries where people live the longest.

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