Bulgarians live the shortest among the rest of the inhabitants of the countries of Europe, according to data from Eurostat. And the worst situation is in the North-West region of the country. There, the average life expectancy for men is only 66.1 years, and for women – 74 years.
For comparison, the total life expectancy in EU countries is 80.1 years. The life expectancy of women in the EU is 82.9 years, which is 5.7 years more than that of men – 77.2 years. It turns out that in the Bulgarian Northwest, men live 11.1 years less than the average level for EU countries, and women – 8.9 years less.
At the bottom of the ranking for life expectancy in European countries are three more regions of Bulgaria – North-Central, South-East and North-East. Only after that, there are one region each in Latvia and Hungary and two in Romania. And a little ahead of them are the Bulgarian regions of South-West and South-Central.
In all areas of Europe, women live longer than men. In Bulgaria, women have on average about 7 years more than men, according to Eurostat data.
The highest life expectancy for women is in the Spanish capital region – Comunidad de Madrid (88.2 years), followed by five other regions in Spain. Outside of Spain, the next highest female life expectancy rates are in the Rhône-Alpes regions of France and the Province of Autonoma di Trento in Italy (both 86.7 years).
The highest life expectancy for men, 82.8 years, is in the island region of Åland (Finland), followed by two Spanish regions – Comunidad de Madrid (82.2 years) and Comunidad Foral de Navarra, and the Swedish region of Stockholm ( 82.1 years).