Average life expectancy at birth was 79.2 years for boys and 84.5 years for girls in 2019
According to Statistics Finland, the life expectancy at birth was 79.2 years for boys and 84.5 years for girls in 2019. The life expectancy of both boys and girls lengthened by 0.3 years compared with 2018. Life expectancy is an age-standardised indicator that describes the level of mortality observed during the calculation period.
Men are catching up with women in life expectancy
In 2019, the difference between sexes in life expectancy at birth was 5.4 years. In the past 30 years, the life expectancy of newborn boys has lengthened by 8.5 years and that of girls by 5.8 years. The difference between sexes was largest in the late 1970s when it was nine years.
The life expectancy of men aged 65 was 18.6 years and that of women aged 65 was 22 years in 2019. Compared with 1988, the life expectancy of men aged 65 has lengthened by 5 years and that of women by 4.5 years.