Life expectancy

Updated: 26 Oct 2018
Next update: 24 Oct 2019

Life expectancy means the number of years that a person of a given age would live provided that the rate of mortality remains unchanged.

   

Average life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years for boys and 84.2 years for girls in 2017

According to Statistics Finland, the life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years for boys and 84.2 years for girls in 2017. Compared with 2016, the life expectancy of boys grew by 0.3 years and that of girls by 0.1 years. 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 2017, the difference between sexes in life expectancy at birth was 5.5 years. In the past 30 years, the life expectancy of newborn boys has lengthened by 8 years and that of girls by 5.5 years. The difference between sexes was largest in the late 1970s when it was nine years.

The life expectancy of men aged 65 was 18.2 years and that of women aged 65 was 21.8 years in 2017. Compared with 1987, the life expectancy of men aged 65 has lengthened by 4.8 years and that of women by 4.2 years.