Life expectancy continues to rise in Norway. From 2013 to 2014, life expectancy increased by 0.5 years for women and 0.4 years for men. Norwegian women are expected to live up to 84.1 years, while men are to live up to 80 years old, according to Aftenposten’s report based on the latest figures from Folkehelseinstituttet.
Highly educated men live seven years longer than those who have only elementary school. For women, the difference between the educated and less educated is five years. Also life expectancy has risen more for men than for women after 2000.
Researcher at Folkehelseinstituttet, Bjørn Heine Strand says to Aftenposten the reason why life expectancy for men and women approach each other is probably more equal employment and lifestyle.
Although women on average expect to live longer than men, this does not apply when comparing educational levels. Women with primary education now have shorter life expectancies than men with higher education. This is a new development in Norway, says Strand.