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Exercise 15 - Statistics

Published: 20.05.2010
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The following text is shortened from a text in The Sun on April 20th, 2010. Read it and answer the questions at the end.

Study the tables below and then answer the questions at the end.
Adapted from The Economist’s Pocket World in Figures, 2007 edition

(Life expectancy = forventet levealder)

Highest life expectancy Lowest life expectancy
1 Japan  82.8 1 Swaziland  29.9
2 Iceland  81.4 2 Botswana  33.9
3 Switzerland 81.1 3 Lesotho  34.3
4 Australia  81.0 4 Zimbabwe  37.3
5 Sweden  80.8 5 Zambia  39.1
8 Norway  80.2 25 Afghanistan  47.7 **

* The figures are not adjusted for gender.
** Afghanistan is the first non-African country on the list on the right.

Question

  1. Write a short report where you present these facts.
  2. Write a text where you discuss why you think there is this discrepancy in life expectancy