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Better conditions of life are paving the way for families in developed countries to have relatives that can live up to 110 years, forecasts released by the United Nations for World Population Day show.

In line with the trends of the past years, the overall population of the globe is set to hit a new record. The forecasts published for World Population Day – founded by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme – show that by the end of this October, there will be more than 7 billion people living on the Earth. Each year, nearly 80 million people are added to the planet, often in countries that are already struggling to provide for their current populations.

China remained the most populous country with 1,339,724,852 inhabitants. It has a population growth rate of 19.33% per year. India came in a close second with 1,224,614,000 and the United States a distant third with 310,384,000, UN figures show. Hungary is in the mid to lower parts of the global ranking with 9.98 million, preceded by Haiti and followed by Guinea with roughly similar figures.  

The rise in population figures also comes with a significant change in longevity. According to the UN, the number of people aged 90 years and older will increase six-fold by the middle of the century. In 2050, more than 71 million people are expected to be 90 and older worldwide. Around 3.2 million of them will have already celebrated their 100th birthday. There are also expectations of extreme lifespan figures of 110 years becoming an everyday thing.

Unsurprisingly, such distinguished ages are predicted to become common in the more developed countries of the world, where citizens have access to better physical and mental health services and healthier conditions of life. Accordingly, it is Europe and Asia, with Japan and Switzerland typically where centenarians will become ordinary.