Rating: life expectancy is low in poor countries of the EU

Rating: life expectancy is low in poor countries of the EU

On the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, celebrated today, March 20, Eurostat publishes statistics on the quality of life. One of its indicators is life expectancy, which depends on the GDP, reports ee24.com.

Residents of EU countries with the highest GDP per capita may boast longevity. In Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Denmark, where GDP exceeds €30 thousand, people live till 80-82 years. In Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania, where GDP falls short of €20 thousand, life expectancy is 74-75 years.

But there are rare exceptions to the rule. While in sunny countries such as Italy and Spain GDP are slightly above the EU average, they lead in the rating with 82.4 and 82.5 years, respectively. On average, in 28 EU countries life expectancy is 80.3 years.