The National Records of Scotland has published the latest statistics on life expectancy in Scotland prepared by the Office for National Statistics. The report highlights the life expectancy figures for the years 2016-2018 and compares it with the rest of the UK.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- The life expectancy at birth in 2016-2018 for males and females was 77.0 and 81.1 years, respectively. This is comparable to the figures reported in 2015-2017.
- The life expectancy at 65 years of age in 2016-2018 for males and females was 17.5 and 19.8 years, respectively.
- Although life expectancy in Scotland has risen since the early 1980s, it has essentially plateaued since 2012-2014.
- The life expectancy at birth in Scotland is the least among all UK countries. The average life expectancy in the UK for males and females was 79.3 and 82.9 years, respectively.
- A little more than 13 per cent of Scotland’s male and female population have on average 15 years of life remaining.