Netherlands - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Netherlands was 81.71 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 81.71 in 2015 and a minimum value of 73.32 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 73.39
1961 73.65
1962 73.32
1963 73.34
1964 73.70
1965 73.57
1966 73.51
1967 73.80
1968 73.61
1969 73.54
1970 73.59
1971 73.81
1972 73.73
1973 74.14
1974 74.54
1975 74.50
1976 74.65
1977 75.22
1978 75.15
1979 75.61
1980 75.74
1981 75.93
1982 75.99
1983 76.16
1984 76.23
1985 76.28
1986 76.27
1987 76.71
1988 76.89
1989 76.73
1990 76.88
1991 77.00
1992 77.22
1993 76.92
1994 77.38
1995 77.40
1996 77.44
1997 77.79
1998 77.88
1999 77.84
2000 77.99
2001 78.19
2002 78.29
2003 78.49
2004 79.10
2005 79.35
2006 79.70
2007 80.10
2008 80.25
2009 80.55
2010 80.70
2011 81.20
2012 81.10
2013 81.30
2014 81.71
2015 81.71

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