Last year, female life expectancy at birth was 82.3 years, as against 78.0 years for men. Life expectancy has risen dramatically since 2002.
Life expectancy at birth
Mortality down since 2002
Female life expectancy at birth was 82.3 years in 2007, i.e. 4.3 years more than for men who have a life expectancy of 78.0 years at birth. Since 1980, the gender gap has narrowed. Male and female life expectancy increased by
Declining mortality by age, 2007 relative to 2002
Situation favourable for people in their seventies
The decline in mortality was quite evenly spread across all age groups, but was particularly noticeable among people in their seventies. In 2007, mortality in the age group
Lower risk of dying by age, 2002-2007
Lower mortality risk for 50 to 80-year-old men
In recent years, the mortality risk declined significantly for both genders. For men aged between
Female life expectancy at birth, 2006
Netherlands not in leading position
Dutch women marginally improved their position on the European record list, but in countries like France and Spain female life expectancy is considerably higher. Belgian and German women also had a somewhat higher life expectancy in 2006. In relative terms, the position of Dutch men on the European life expectancy list is better and comparable to the position French and Spanish men. Swiss, Swedish and Norwegian men, however, enjoy a considerably higher life expectancy.
Source : CBS , by Joop Garssen and Koos van der Togt