Bolivia - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Bolivia was 68.75 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 68.75 in 2015 and a minimum value of 42.12 in 1960.

Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.

Source: Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demograp

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Year Value
1960 42.12
1961 42.43
1962 42.76
1963 43.09
1964 43.43
1965 43.78
1966 44.14
1967 44.50
1968 44.88
1969 45.26
1970 45.66
1971 46.06
1972 46.46
1973 46.88
1974 47.30
1975 47.73
1976 48.17
1977 48.62
1978 49.07
1979 49.53
1980 50.00
1981 50.48
1982 50.97
1983 51.46
1984 51.96
1985 52.47
1986 52.99
1987 53.51
1988 54.04
1989 54.57
1990 55.11
1991 55.65
1992 56.20
1993 56.75
1994 57.31
1995 57.86
1996 58.42
1997 58.99
1998 59.55
1999 60.12
2000 60.69
2001 61.26
2002 61.83
2003 62.40
2004 62.97
2005 63.54
2006 64.11
2007 64.69
2008 65.27
2009 65.85
2010 66.41
2011 66.94
2012 67.45
2013 67.92
2014 68.35
2015 68.75

Development Relevance: Mortality rates for different age groups (infants, children, and adults) and overall mortality indicators (life expectancy at birth or survival to a given age) are important indicators of health status in a country. Because data on the incidence and prevalence of diseases are frequently unavailable, mortality rates are often used to identify vulnerable populations. And they are among the indicators most frequently used to compare socioeconomic development across countries.

Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Life expectancy at birth used here is the average number of years a newborn is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of its birth remain constant in the future. It reflects the overall mortality level of a population, and summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year. It is calculated in a period life table which provides a snapshot of a population's mortality pattern at a given time. It therefore does not reflect the mortality pattern that a person actually experiences during his/her life, which can be calculated in a cohort life table. High mortality in young age groups significantly lowers the life expectancy at birth. But if a person survives his/her childhood of high mortality, he/she may live much longer. For example, in a population with a life expectancy at birth of 50, there may be few people dying at age 50. The life expectancy at birth may be low due to the high childhood mortality so that once a person survives his/her childhood, he/she may live much longer than 50 years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Mortality