Yemen - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Yemen was 64.73 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 64.73 in 2015 and a minimum value of 34.36 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 34.36
1961 34.47
1962 34.74
1963 35.19
1964 35.81
1965 36.59
1966 37.48
1967 38.42
1968 39.36
1969 40.27
1970 41.15
1971 42.00
1972 42.85
1973 43.73
1974 44.64
1975 45.58
1976 46.55
1977 47.54
1978 48.55
1979 49.56
1980 50.56
1981 51.54
1982 52.49
1983 53.40
1984 54.26
1985 55.04
1986 55.74
1987 56.36
1988 56.90
1989 57.36
1990 57.76
1991 58.11
1992 58.42
1993 58.70
1994 58.97
1995 59.23
1996 59.49
1997 59.73
1998 59.95
1999 60.18
2000 60.40
2001 60.65
2002 60.92
2003 61.21
2004 61.52
2005 61.86
2006 62.20
2007 62.55
2008 62.88
2009 63.20
2010 63.50
2011 63.78
2012 64.03
2013 64.28
2014 64.51
2015 64.73

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