Libya - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Libya was 71.83 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 71.83 in 2015 and a minimum value of 42.64 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 42.64
1961 44.25
1962 45.87
1963 47.46
1964 48.96
1965 50.35
1966 51.63
1967 52.83
1968 53.98
1969 55.07
1970 56.12
1971 57.12
1972 58.07
1973 58.99
1974 59.86
1975 60.69
1976 61.49
1977 62.25
1978 62.97
1979 63.65
1980 64.29
1981 64.87
1982 65.41
1983 65.90
1984 66.34
1985 66.75
1986 67.14
1987 67.52
1988 67.90
1989 68.27
1990 68.63
1991 68.97
1992 69.28
1993 69.54
1994 69.77
1995 69.95
1996 70.10
1997 70.23
1998 70.34
1999 70.45
2000 70.57
2001 70.72
2002 70.89
2003 71.07
2004 71.28
2005 71.47
2006 71.63
2007 71.74
2008 71.79
2009 71.78
2010 71.74
2011 71.68
2012 71.65
2013 71.66
2014 71.72
2015 71.83

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