Mal­tese peo­ple aged 80 have life ex­pectancy of more than nine years – Euro­stat

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

In 2015, al­most 27 mil­lion peo­ple aged 80 or over were liv­ing in the Euro­pean Union, seven mil­lion more than in 2005. An in­crease in both their ab­so­lute num­ber and their share in to­tal pop­u­la­tion is ob­served in nearly ev­ery EU mem­ber state.

The ris­ing share of el­derly peo­ple in the EU (from 4.0% in 2005 to 5.3% in 2015) means that in 2015 one in ev­ery 20 per­sons liv­ing in the EU was aged 80 or over. The age­ing of the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture is, at least partly, the re­sult of an in­creas­ing life ex­pectancy, which grew at the age of 80 from 8.4 years in 2004 to 9.5 years in 2014.

Although their pro­por­tion shrank between 2005 and 2015, women still ac­counted for around two-thirds of el­derly peo­ple in the EU. This over­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women among peo­ple aged 80 or over is ob­served in all EU mem­ber states.

On the oc­ca­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons, cel­e­brated each year on 1 Oc­to­ber, Euro­stat, the sta­tis­ti­cal of­fice of the Euro­pean Union, yes­ter­day pub­lished de­mo­graphic in­di­ca­tors on el­derly peo­ple liv­ing in the EU.

At EU level, life ex­pectancy at the age of 80 stood at 9.5 years in 2014. Peo­ple aged 80 in 2014 could ex­pect to live at least 11 years more in France, fol­lowed by Spain (10.4 years), Lux­em­bourg (10.1 years) and Italy (10.0 years).

In Malta, peo­ple aged 80 could ex­pect to live more than nine years. At the op­po­site end of the scale, the low­est life ex­pectancy at the age of 80 was recorded in Bul­garia (7.0 years), Ro­ma­nia (7.6 years), Croa­tia (7.7 years), Hun­gary and Slo­vakia (both 7.9 years). This means that there is a fouryear gap across the EU as re­gard life ex­pectancy at the age of 80.

Com­pared with 2004, life ex­pectancy in the EU at the age of 80 rose by 1.1 year in the last decade (from 8.4 years to 9.5 years). A sim­i­lar trend is ob­served in all mem­ber states, with gains in life ex­pectancy rang­ing from a bit over half a year in Swe­den (0.6 year), Bul­garia, Hun­gary and Fin­land (all 0.7 year) to more than one and a half years in Ro­ma­nia (1.9 years), Estonia, Spain and France (all 1.6 years).

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