Comoros - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Comoros was 63.46 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 63.46 in 2015 and a minimum value of 41.44 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 41.44
1961 41.84
1962 42.24
1963 42.64
1964 43.03
1965 43.43
1966 43.85
1967 44.27
1968 44.71
1969 45.17
1970 45.63
1971 46.09
1972 46.55
1973 46.99
1974 47.43
1975 47.88
1976 48.34
1977 48.85
1978 49.39
1979 49.97
1980 50.60
1981 51.24
1982 51.90
1983 52.56
1984 53.20
1985 53.82
1986 54.42
1987 55.01
1988 55.58
1989 56.13
1990 56.65
1991 57.15
1992 57.60
1993 58.01
1994 58.38
1995 58.70
1996 58.95
1997 59.14
1998 59.27
1999 59.37
2000 59.44
2001 59.51
2002 59.60
2003 59.72
2004 59.89
2005 60.11
2006 60.39
2007 60.72
2008 61.08
2009 61.46
2010 61.85
2011 62.22
2012 62.58
2013 62.91
2014 63.20
2015 63.46

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