Health > Background: Countries Compared

Egypt Health issues in Egypt includeTyphoid Fever and Hepatitis A. However, there is also an issuer with the overall crude birth rate, which stood to just over 25 births per 1,000 of the population. In fact, the nation's total fertility rate has plummeted over the last half century, with an average of 7.03 births to Egyptian women in 1960 falling to 3.1 births in 2005. Meanwhile, life expectancy rates remain low too, with a 63.9% chance that an Egyptian male reaching the age of 65 - some way of the 85% chance Israeli men are given.
France Despite a reputation for consuming fine wine and even finer food, French people are quite healthy when compared to the rest of the world. Obesity is condition that affects only 9.4% of its population, far lower than leaders US (30.6%), Mexico (24.2%) and the UK (23%). Its rate of heart disease deaths per capita is amongst the lowest in developed nations, with 39.8 deaths per 100,000 of the population. Even if they do feel unwell, there is no shortage of physicians to see about it, with the 3rd highest rate of physicians per capita in the world, 3.37 per 1,000 people.
Japan Despite its rather conservative image, Japan has the 4th highest number of legal abortions in the world, with 343,024 operations registered. Russia leads the table with 2.77 million cases, with the US 2nd with 1.21 million, and India 3rd with 596,345. In fact, Japan had the 6th highest rate of teenage pregnancies in 1998, with 17,501 infants born to mothers under the age of 20 - though that figure is somewhat shorter than the US's rate of almost half a million.
Netherlands Despite high levels of education, the Dutch are the 11th biggest smokers in the world, with adults’ annual rate of cigarette consumption estimated to be 2,300. Unsurprisingly, they also are number 1 in cancer deaths amongst 16 nations in 2000, with 433 deaths per 100,000 citizens.


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