Namibia - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Namibia was 63.64 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 63.64 in 2015 and a minimum value of 46.88 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 46.88
1961 47.50
1962 48.11
1963 48.71
1964 49.28
1965 49.84
1966 50.37
1967 50.88
1968 51.36
1969 51.83
1970 52.31
1971 52.80
1972 53.33
1973 53.89
1974 54.48
1975 55.08
1976 55.66
1977 56.20
1978 56.67
1979 57.10
1980 57.48
1981 57.84
1982 58.21
1983 58.62
1984 59.05
1985 59.50
1986 59.98
1987 60.44
1988 60.87
1989 61.22
1990 61.45
1991 61.53
1992 61.44
1993 61.17
1994 60.73
1995 60.12
1996 59.34
1997 58.43
1998 57.45
1999 56.47
2000 55.54
2001 54.73
2002 54.08
2003 53.63
2004 53.41
2005 53.49
2006 53.90
2007 54.62
2008 55.60
2009 56.78
2010 58.07
2011 59.40
2012 60.68
2013 61.85
2014 62.84
2015 63.64

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