While the factors that determine how long you're going to live are mostly derived from your own personal genetic factors and lifestyle behaviors – including how many hours a week you work -- some factors of the environment around you also play a role.

So says Dr. Stewart Newlove, managing director at medical research firm Antibodies.com, which analyzed 30 countries to see which have the highest average life expectancy rates – and which have the lowest.

Not surprisingly, the research found a "distinct connection" between early vaccinations for children, access to sanitation and air quality on life expectancy. But there are "anomalies," Newlove says.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.