Live longer, live in the Balearics!

12 July 2010


Good news for those who have bought or are looking to buy a property and live in the Balearic islands -

Spain has one of the highest life expectancy rates in Europe according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The Balearic islands are presently the region in Spain with the forth highest life expectancy, with people living on the islands expected to live to an average age of 81 years.

Men, however, can expect to live, on average, six years shorter than women and according to the INE, mortality rates have tended to fall in all age groups with the most significant results being seen amongst older people.

Throughout the 1990s, the reduction in death rates in young adults had been falling more slowly, especially in the 18 to 35 age group and particularly among men, but since 1991, life expectancy for both women and men aged 65 and over has risen by 2.4  and 2.1 per cent respectively.

The lowest life expectancy is registered in Ceuta, 78,5 years, Andalucia, 79,7, Melilla and the Canary Islands, 80,1 and Asturias 80,2 and for those who reach the age of 65 in the regions of Navarra, Castilla de Leon and Madrid, women can expect to live a further 22,5 years and men an extra 18,3 years.

Spain now has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the European Union and women in Spain are amongst the top in this category with a life expectancy average of 84.1 years. Spanish men are only outlived on average by their counterparts in Sweden, Italy, Cyprus and Holland.

According to figures compiled from official birth and death registration, mortality rates are falling in all age groups with all evidence pointing to life expectancy in Spain being on the increase.


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