Swedish men richer, happier and living longer

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2013.09.11

Sweden has the highest life expectancy for men – 79.9 years, a difference of nearly 12 years vis-à-vis the Member State with the lowest expectancy (68.1). Life expectancy for women is highest in France – 85.7, a difference of 8 years vis-à-vis the Member State with the lowest expectancy (77.8 years). These are some of the data that emerge from the Report on Health inequalities in the European Union. In which when it comes to healthy life years in men, there is a difference of 19 years between the lowest and highest values in the EU (2011 figures). For women, this was nearly as high at 18.4 years. About the causes, the report examines various factors causing health inequalities and finds that social inequalities in health are due to a disparity in the conditions of daily life and drivers such as income, unemployment levels and levels of education. The review found many examples of associations between risk factors for health, including tobacco use and obesity, and socioeconomic circumstances.

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