Av­er­age life ex­pectancy is down year-on-year: MOI

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The life ex­pectancy of Tai­wanese reached an av­er­age 79.84 years in 2014, slightly lower than the level of 80.02 years recorded the pre­vi­ous year, the In­te­rior Min­istry said Wed­nes­day.

In 2014, the life ex­pectancy of male na­tion­als av­er­aged 76.72, while that of fe­males reached 83.19, the min­istry said.

Upon reach­ing the age of 65, Tai­wanese men and women tend to live for a fur­ther 17.91 and 21.33 years, re­spec­tively, it said.

The fig­ures rep­re­sented the first time that Tai­wanese women’s life ex­pectancy has dropped in 10 years, it said.

The de­crease is a re­sult of a grow­ing num­ber of deaths in the pop­u­la­tion aged 65 years or older, the min­istry ex­plained, adding, how­ever, that the fluc­tu­a­tion is in­signif­i­cant in a long-term up­ward trend in life ex­pectancy.

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