Gabon - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Gabon was 65.68 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 65.68 in 2015 and a minimum value of 39.57 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 39.57
1961 39.93
1962 40.37
1963 40.92
1964 41.59
1965 42.34
1966 43.18
1967 44.05
1968 44.93
1969 45.80
1970 46.66
1971 47.49
1972 48.31
1973 49.13
1974 49.96
1975 50.79
1976 51.61
1977 52.45
1978 53.28
1979 54.11
1980 54.95
1981 55.80
1982 56.65
1983 57.51
1984 58.33
1985 59.09
1986 59.76
1987 60.31
1988 60.73
1989 61.01
1990 61.15
1991 61.16
1992 61.09
1993 60.95
1994 60.77
1995 60.56
1996 60.31
1997 60.04
1998 59.75
1999 59.47
2000 59.25
2001 59.12
2002 59.11
2003 59.22
2004 59.46
2005 59.84
2006 60.34
2007 60.92
2008 61.55
2009 62.21
2010 62.86
2011 63.49
2012 64.10
2013 64.67
2014 65.20
2015 65.68

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