Poland - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Poland was 78.20 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 78.20 in 2015 and a minimum value of 67.43 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 67.68
1961 67.78
1962 67.43
1963 68.38
1964 68.63
1965 69.43
1966 69.83
1967 69.42
1968 70.22
1969 69.72
1970 69.87
1971 69.61
1972 70.67
1973 70.66
1974 71.12
1975 70.56
1976 70.66
1977 70.40
1978 70.35
1979 70.75
1980 70.10
1981 71.05
1982 71.10
1983 71.00
1984 70.80
1985 70.55
1986 70.85
1987 70.90
1988 71.33
1989 71.04
1990 70.89
1991 70.59
1992 71.09
1993 71.60
1994 71.70
1995 71.89
1996 72.25
1997 72.65
1998 73.00
1999 73.04
2000 73.75
2001 74.20
2002 74.50
2003 74.60
2004 74.85
2005 75.00
2006 75.14
2007 75.24
2008 75.54
2009 75.70
2010 76.25
2011 76.70
2012 76.75
2013 77.00
2014 77.60
2015 78.20

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