The 2019 Eurostat report puts Iceland well above the European Union average for healthy life expectancy. Iceland also defies the global trend in terms of life expectancy between men and women.
According the data, in Iceland, men live longer healthy lives than women. This contrasts the global trend where the opposite is the case.
An average number of healthy years in the European Union is 64.2 for women and 63.5 years for men. Sweden is the EU nation with the highest number of healthy people. Women there live 73.3 healthy years while men live 73 years.
The number of healthy years in Iceland is estimated to be 71.5 years for men and 66.2 years for women.
The report focused on the quality of life spent in a healthy state, rather than the quantity of life, as measured by life expectancy.
The data also shows that the wealthiest states do not necessarily have the healthiest population. Luxembourg, the second richest country in the world, ranks below Greece and Bulgaria in the number of healthy years one is expected to live.
Latvia has the shortest estimated number of years for both men and women, at 54,9 years and 52.3 years respectively.