Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth in Switzerland is currently one of the highest in the world. This is a consequence of a sharp increase during the 20th century. However, a gradual slowing down of this trend can be seen.

Life expectancy
  1999 2009 2019
At birth
Men
76.8 79.8 81.9
Women
82.5
84.4 85.6
At age 30
Men
48.1 50.7 52.6
Women
53.3 55.0 56.1
At age 50
Men
29.3 31.7 33.3
Women
34.1 35.5 36.5
At age 65
Men
16.7 18.8 20.0
Women
20.6 22.0 22.7
At age 80
Men
7.3 8.4 9.0
Women
9.1 10.0 10.5
Source: FSO, BEVNAT, STATPOP, ESPOP

Although life expectancy for women remains higher than that of men, the gap is closing. The marked decline in mortality observed among elderly people can be explained in particular by progress made in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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