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Scottish life expectancy at its highest ever level, 21/03/14 [S]

Life expectancy at birth in Scotland has reached its highest ever level and the number of people in Scotland living for more than a century continues to grow.

Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that in 2012 there were 800 people who are a century old or more living in Scotland, a rise of 280 compared with 2002.

Among the main findings from the statistics were:

  • A newborn baby boy could expect to live 76.5 years and a newborn baby girl 80.7 years if mortality rates remain the same as they were in Scotland in 2010-2012 throughout their lives.
  • The gap for life expectancy at birth between males and females has narrowed from 6.2 years in 1980-1982 to 4.2 years in 2010-2012.
  • Life expectancy at birth has increased by two and a half years per decade since 1980-1982 in the Scotland for males, and by about two years per decade for females.
  • Scottish males and females have the lowest life expectancy at birth within the UK. Male life expectancy is 2.2 years lower than the UK average and female life expectancy is 1.9 years lower.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

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Scottish life expectancy at its highest ever level