Children born in 2012 can expect to live an average of six more years than those born in 1990, with life expectancy rising to 73 years of age for girls and 68 years for boys, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The longest life expectancy for girls was in Japan at 87 years, and was in Iceland for boys, at 81.2 years. Lower death rates for children younger than age 5 in poor countries, fewer people in rich countries dying from heart problems and stroke, and reduced tobacco use contributed to these improvements in life expectancy rates, officials said.

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