Life Expectancy at 65 years old in Europe

European women aged 65 years have a life expectancy of 21 years, European men of 17.4 years.

Men and women in Europe aged 65 years have an equivalent life expectancy in good health [1], of 8.7 years and 8.8 years, according to Eurostat (read below). The difference, however, remains significant in terms of life expectancy at 65 years : 21 years for women against 17.4 years for men.

Differences in life expectancy and life expectancy in good health are important between European populations. For women as for men, the longest life expectancy at 65 is observed in France (23.4 years and 18.9 years) and Spain (22.7 years and 18.6 years). The shortest is observed in Bulgaria (17 years) and Romania (17.2 years). The Swedish men and women have, however, the longest life expectancy in good health at 65 years of age (15.5 and 14.1 years respectively), the shortest is in Slovakia for women (2.8 years) and in Latvia for men (4.9 years).

It’s difficult to explain the reasons for these differences. Life expectancy is due to many factors, which blend access to care, work conditions, or lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, etc..). The quality of the care system plays a small part, which explains for example that life expectancy in good health in the UK is higher than in France, for women as for men.

Please click below to read the newsrelease from Eurostat,

Health in the EU27 in 2010

Notes

[1Life expectancy in good health is defined as no activity limitations or disability due to a major health problem. These data have to be taken with precaution : they are from a survey and are therefore sensitive to differences in perception of what it means to be healthy...


Photo : Washington & Jefferson College © 2012 Creative Commons


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16 mai 2012

Thèmes : • Santé • Conditions de vie

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