Average life expectancy in Europe for those born in 2017, by gender and region (in years)

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Western Europe7984
Southern Europe7984
Northern Europe7983
Eastern Europe6878

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The statistic shows the average life expectancy in Europe for those born in 2017, by gender and region. The average life expectancy in Western Europe was 79 years for males and 84 years for females in 2017.
Additional information on European life expectancy

The difference in life expectancy seen between men and women across all European regions is in line with the global trends of women outliving men, on average. The average life expectancy at birth worldwide by income group shows that the gender life expectancy gap is not only a consistent trend across countries, but also income groups. Moreover, the higher life expectancy for those in high income groups may help to explain the lower average life expectancy for those born in Eastern Europe where average incomes are generally lower than other European regions. Although income and length of life are not directly correlated, higher income individuals are generally able to afford access to superior nutrition and healthcare as well as having leisure time for exercise.

That said, current trends in the increases in life expectancy worldwide by country between 1970 and 2013 suggest economic growth will lead to larger increases in life expectancy. Those increases are less likely to occur to such a degree in the more developed regions of Europe where France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Iceland and Austria all rank in the top 20 countries with the highest life expectancy.
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August 2017
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*Average life expectancy of a newborn according to the current mortality rate.

According to the source the data from the above statistic originates from official statistical yearbooks and bulletins of the particular country. Moreover, publications of the United Nations, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division) of the UN and the U.S. Census Bureau serve as data sources. Further sources are recent demographic studies, special studies and direct interviews with demographers and inquiries at statistical offices of the U.S. and other countries.

For Andorra and Monaco, no usable data was available, according to the source.

DSW = Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (German foundation for global population).

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