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Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

These pages contain a variety of statistics on Life Expectancy, or the estimated average number of additional years a person could expect to live.

Stats at a Glance
Key statistical trends: Council Area Profiles; High Level Summaries; and Registrar General’s Annual Report.

Life Expectancy at Scotland Level
This section contains the Scottish National Life Tables and Scottish Decennial Life Tables plus links to relevant historical data.

Life Expectancy in Scottish Areas
Life Expectancy figures for administrative areas (Councils and NHS Boards) and special areas (Community Health Partnership, Urban/Rural and Deprivation). You can also find figures for Scottish Parliamentary Constituency areas and Scottish Council Areas Split by Deprivation.

Information on Life Expectancy Statistics Across the UK

A paper called Life Expectancy Statistics Across the UK (Portable Document Format (PDF) 109 Kb) gives information on the availability of life expectancy estimates and the methods used to produce them across the UK.

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Healthy Life Expectancy

Information on Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE) is published by the Information and Statistics Division (ISD) of the NHS. HLE is defined as the number of years people can expect to live in good health. The difference between healthy life expectancy and life expectancy indicates the length of time people can expect to spend in poor health. More information on HLE in Scotland is available on the website of the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO).

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