Life Expectancy

News and resources on current life expectancy - lets see how it changes over time

Congratulations - you've survived another year... unfortunately your risk of dying goes up another 9% next year, and every year after that - that's why at the moment you can't beat the exponential risk of death.


Life Expectancy graphs and maps - Our World in Data

Life expectancy: 120,000 numbers in just four minutes - BBC News
Fascinating data visualisation of life expectancy for 200 countries over 200 years.

Human Mortality Database - various institutions
Contains original calculations of death rates and life tables for national populations as well as the input data used in constructing those tables.

Recent News

Life expectancy progress stops in UK

BBC - 25-Sep-2018

UK ONS figures for 2015-17 show life expectancy has stopped improving. First time it has stalled since 1982 when figures began. In some parts of the UK, life expectancy has even decreased. Coincided with a bad flu season and excess winter deaths. Some academics think government austerity policies have played a part. It could be because it's hard to keep on improving every year.

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

BBC - 07-Aug-2018

Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled. Slowdown is one of the biggest among world's leading economies. Still increasing by a month a year between 2011-16. Government austerity policies may have played a part. Babies born in the UK in 2016 can expect to live 79/83 (male/female).

Mortality rate flattens among the oldest of the old

New York Times - 28-Jun-2018

Number of supercentenarians to study is a major statistical challenge. It is also a problem to make sure the reported age is real. McGill University found all Italians reaching 105 between 2009-2015. Among extremely old Italians the death rate stops rising. Improvements in mortality means even this rate is lowering.