As of 2012, the life expectancy of males worldwide at birth was 68 years, according to the World Health Organization. Life expectancy varies considerably among countries and regions. WHO found high and low regional male life expectancy of 56 years in Africa and 74 years in the Americas.
In 2013, San Marino was the country with the longest life expectancy for males at birth at 83 years. Iceland, Israel, Singapore and Switzerland were the four countries with the next longest life expectancy for that group at 81 years. No country in Africa or South America had a male life expectancy of 80 years or longer.
The shortest life expectancy for males at birth was 46 in Sierra Leone. Also among countries with the shortest life expectancy were Lesotho with 48 years, Angola and Central African Republic with 50, and Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 51. Every country with a life expectancy below 60 was African.