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Average Swedish life expectancy increases more for men than for women

Thursday, 20 October 2011
During the last ten-year period average life expectancy in Sweden has increased by slightly more than two years for men and 1.5 years for women. The average life expectancy in Sweden in 2010 is 83.5 years for women and 79.5 years for men. The average life expectancy varies among different regions, and there are also differences among groups with different levels of education.

For several years now, the average life expectancy for men has been increasing more rapidly than for women. This applies to the entire country as well as in all counties. There has been a greater decline in mortality particularly among older men than among women. Mortality for men is decreasing more for men than for women, mainly regarding circulatory diseases.


Average life expectancy is a type of index that measures mortality and survival for all ages during a one-year period. If mortality in the future were to be the same as today, those who were born during the year would have a length of life that corresponds to average life expectancy. Mortality will probably decrease in the future. The actual length of life for persons born today will therefore probably be greater than the average life expectancy for the most recent year.

Mortality decreases for all ages but the largest contribution for the increase in average life expectancy is from reduced mortality for those aged 65 and above. This continuing decreased mortality is mainly due to reduced circulatory diseases, especially among older persons.

Persons with post-secondary education have a roughly five year longer life expectancy than persons with only primary education. The differences in average life expectancy among different educational groups have increased somewhat during the 2000s. This applies to both women and men.

There are small regional differences in mortality for those who are highly educated. However, persons with a lower level of education in southern Sweden have a higher average life expectancy than those with a lower level of education in northern Sweden.

The graph below shows the remaining average life expectancy at age 30 for persons with different levels of education during the period 2000–2010.
News source: Statistic Sweden

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