Djibouti - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Djibouti was 62.25 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 62.25 in 2015 and a minimum value of 44.02 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 44.02
1961 44.45
1962 44.87
1963 45.29
1964 45.71
1965 46.15
1966 46.63
1967 47.18
1968 47.79
1969 48.45
1970 49.14
1971 49.80
1972 50.42
1973 50.95
1974 51.41
1975 51.80
1976 52.15
1977 52.49
1978 52.84
1979 53.22
1980 53.62
1981 54.03
1982 54.43
1983 54.81
1984 55.16
1985 55.47
1986 55.76
1987 56.02
1988 56.26
1989 56.47
1990 56.66
1991 56.82
1992 56.93
1993 57.00
1994 57.04
1995 57.05
1996 57.04
1997 57.01
1998 56.99
1999 56.98
2000 57.01
2001 57.09
2002 57.22
2003 57.41
2004 57.66
2005 57.98
2006 58.38
2007 58.83
2008 59.33
2009 59.85
2010 60.37
2011 60.85
2012 61.30
2013 61.68
2014 61.99
2015 62.25

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