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Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday. With a projected average life span of nearly 85.8 years, Spain formerly in 4th place will dethrone Japan, which sits atop the rankings today with a life span of 83.7 years, and will drop to 2nd place in 2040 .In a shift that will be seen by some to reflect a superpower changing-of-the-guard, the world's two largest economies effectively swap positions compared to 2016: in 2040 the U.S. drops from 43rd to 64th (79.8 years), while China rises from 68th to 39th (81.9 years).
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