Dutch life expectancy rises

Dutch life expectancy rises

Dutch people are living longer a new report has revealed.

Between 2000 and 2010 the life expectancy of newborn babies has increased substantially, according to Statistics Netherlands. For males it rose from 75.5 to 78.8 years and for females from 80.6 to 82.7. The remaining life expectancy at 65 increased from 15.3 to 17.6 years for men. The increase was not as big for women though, from 19.2 to 20.8 years.

The last decade saw a sharp increase in the likelihood that a 65-year-old will reach the age of 80. Thanks to the lower mortality risks in 2010, this probability rose to 63 percent for men, well up from the 52 percent of ten years earlier.

The increase was not as great for women, but women are still much more likely to reach 80 than men. Given the mortality risks of 2010, three quarters of the 65-year-old women will reach 80.

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