Finland - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Finland was 81.39 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 81.39 in 2015 and a minimum value of 68.58 in 1962.

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 68.82
1961 68.84
1962 68.58
1963 69.01
1964 69.22
1965 68.98
1966 69.48
1967 69.67
1968 69.62
1969 69.50
1970 70.18
1971 70.02
1972 70.71
1973 71.22
1974 71.13
1975 71.67
1976 71.81
1977 72.35
1978 72.90
1979 73.16
1980 73.44
1981 73.75
1982 74.30
1983 74.20
1984 74.52
1985 74.22
1986 74.56
1987 74.59
1988 74.58
1989 74.79
1990 74.81
1991 75.23
1992 75.46
1993 75.71
1994 76.40
1995 76.41
1996 76.69
1997 76.88
1998 77.09
1999 77.29
2000 77.47
2001 77.97
2002 78.12
2003 78.37
2004 78.71
2005 78.82
2006 79.21
2007 79.26
2008 79.57
2009 79.72
2010 79.87
2011 80.47
2012 80.63
2013 80.98
2014 81.18
2015 81.39

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