What EU country tops the list for healthy life years?


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New data shows that while the average number of healthy life years for people in the European Union (EU) is estimated to be 64.2 years for women and 63.5 years for men, there is significant variation between countries. 

According to the data, in 2016 the country with the highest number of healthy life years for both women (73.3) and men (73) was Sweden. This was followed by Malta (72.4), Ireland (69.8), Cyprus (68.8) and Norway (67.8) for women, and Norway (72.0), Iceland (71.5), Malta (71.1) and Italy (67.6) for men.

Latvia had the lowest number of healthy life years for women (54.9) and men (52.3), followed by Slovakia (57), Finland (57), Austria (57.1) and Portugal (57.4) for women and by Estonia (54.4), Lithuania (56.2), Slovakia (56.4) and Austria (57) for men. 

The number of healthy life years at birth was higher for women than for men in 20 of the EU Member States, with relatively small differences between the sexes.

In seven countries, the number of healthy life years was for women was lower than for men with the largest differences in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Portugal. 

On average, life expectancy for women in the EU was 5.4 years longer than for men.