Year after year, Japan consistently ranks as one of the top countries for life expectancy. These top 10 facts about life expectancy in Japan is a reflection of economic developments that occurred since World War II.
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Gamble and Lyakh were members of High On Life, a Canadian adventure collective that posts videos and photos of themselves doing daring stunts in exotic locales; since 2011, their exploits have earned them more than half a million subscribers on YouTube, and 1.1 million followers on Instagram. The group wasn’t without controversy; in 2016, they took a road trip through America that led them through Yellowstone, where they illegally left the beaten path to film themselves near the Grand Prismatic Spring. A year later, based on their social media posts, American authorities charged them with a number of infractions for breaking the laws at a few different national parks. Ultimately, Gamble and Lyakh returned to Wyoming, and were each sentenced to a week in jail, on top of paying thousands in fines. The pair were also banned from accessing U.S. public lands for five years.
Today, the High On Life crew posted a video remembrance for their friends, in which they implored their viewers to share memories and memorable moments with a hashtag. In response, users across social media have been sharing images and quotes.
Three Canadian social media celebrities died Tuesday after they were swept over a 100-foot waterfall at Shannon Falls, near Squamish, British Columbia, the CBC reports. Two of the three, Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh, who were two of the creators behind the popular travel YouTube channel High On Life, dove into the pool above the falls in an attempt to save Megan “Mindy” Scraper, Lyakh’s longtime partner, who’d slipped into the water. None survived. Scraper was 29, Lyakh was 30, and Gamble was 30.
In the wake of their deaths, a GoFundMe campaign for Gamble, Lyakh, and Scraper with a $100,000 goal has sprung up to cover the trio’s final arrangements. At press time, the fundraiser had raised $1,210 from 19 people; meanwhile, commenters on the page have voiced frustration that members of High On Life are asking for money at all, calling it “narcissistic” and “low” for social media celebrities — people who got paid to travel and engage in high-risk stunts, including cliff-jumping, in other words — to ask for such a sum. (While High on Life says its members have been “trained and involved in gymnastics, diving, stunts, and the extreme sports community for over a decade,” it’s unclear whether any of the deceased had travel or life insurance.) A separate GoFundMe page appears to have also been set up to benefit Gamble’s girlfriend, Alissa Hassan; it has passed its $10,000 goal and at press time had raised around $12,300. “Love and support goes a long way and we just want to make sure Alissa has what she needs to get through this time of grief,” the description reads, in part.
Good education and skills are important requisites for finding a job. In Iceland, 77% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, lower than the OECD average of 78%. Around 77% of men have successfully completed high school, compared with 78% of women. In terms of the quality of its educational system, the average student scored 481 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This score is lower than the OECD average of 486. On average in Iceland, girls outperformed boys by 15 points, a much wider gap than the OECD average of 2 points.
In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Iceland is 23 years, two years higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 84 years, compared with 80 for men. The level of atmospheric PM2.5 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 3.0 micrograms per cubic meter, much lower than the OECD average of 13.9 micrograms per cubic meter. Iceland also does well in terms of water quality, as 99% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, considerably higher than the OECD average of 81%, and the highest rates in the OECD.
Concerning the public sphere, there is a strong sense of community and high levels of civic participation in Iceland, where 98% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need, the highest rate in the OECD, where the average is 89%. Voter turnout, a measure of citizens’ participation in the political process, was 79% during recent elections; higher than the OECD average of 68%. Voter turnout for the top 20% of the population is an estimated 86% and for the bottom 20% it is an estimated 74%, slightly narrower than the OECD average gap of 13 percentage points.
Iceland performs well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Iceland ranks at the top in jobs and earnings, environmental quality and social connections, and above the average in income and wealth, subjective well-being, health status, personal security, civic engagement, and education and skills. It ranks below average in housing and work-life balance. These rankings are based on available selected data.
Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Iceland, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is slightly lower than the OECD average of USD 33 604 a year.
In general, Icelanders are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Icelanders gave it a 7.5 grade on average, much higher than the OECD average of 6.5.
In terms of employment, 86% of people aged 15 to 64 in Iceland have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 68%, and the highest rate in the OECD. Some 88% of men are in paid work, compared with 83% of women. Around 15% of employees work very long hours, more than the OECD average of 11%, with 24% of men working very long hours compared with just 6% of women.