Moldova - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Moldova was 71.37 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 71.37 in 2015 and a minimum value of 61.81 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 61.81
1961 62.18
1962 62.54
1963 62.91
1964 63.28
1965 63.63
1966 63.96
1967 64.24
1968 64.48
1969 64.67
1970 64.81
1971 64.90
1972 64.95
1973 64.98
1974 64.99
1975 64.98
1976 64.95
1977 64.89
1978 64.83
1979 64.77
1980 64.76
1981 64.83
1982 65.02
1983 65.32
1984 65.71
1985 66.15
1986 66.59
1987 66.97
1988 67.26
1989 67.42
1990 67.47
1991 67.39
1992 67.25
1993 67.07
1994 66.88
1995 66.73
1996 66.63
1997 66.60
1998 66.63
1999 66.73
2000 66.89
2001 67.07
2002 67.25
2003 67.41
2004 67.55
2005 67.70
2006 67.91
2007 68.19
2008 68.56
2009 69.01
2010 69.51
2011 70.02
2012 70.48
2013 70.86
2014 71.16
2015 71.37

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