Icelandic Men With Longest Lives In Europe - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Men With Longest Lives In Europe

Published February 22, 2011

Icelandic men have the longest lifespan of all the European nationalities, according to data compiled by Statistics Iceland.
Vísir reports that among the findings, infant mortality in Iceland is the lowest in Europe. Only 1.8 children per 1,000 in Iceland are stillbirths, while the European average is 4.3. Among the Nordic countries, that figure is 2.5 to 3.1. Only Slovenia comes closest, with 2.4 stillbirths per 1,000 children born. Infant mortality in Europe was greatest in Turkey, with 15.3 stillbirths per 1,000 live ones.
Icelandic men on average live longer than anyone else in Europe, at about 79.7 years. In addition, their life expectancy increased by two years since 2000. The Swiss follow close behind – newborn boys in that country can expect to live 79.3 years. Life expectancy was shortest in the Ukraine, where the men in that country have an average lifespan of about 62 years.
At the same time, the lifespan of Icelandic women has decreased somewhat. A girl born in Iceland today has an average life expectancy of 83.3 years, behind France (84.3 years), Spain (84,2 years) and Switzerland (84 years). The average life expectancy was shortest among women from Moldavia, at 73.3 years.
All of these findings were based on data compiled across Europe in 2009.


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