Bulgaria near Bottom in EU Life Expectancy Ranking

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Bulgaria remains among the three EU member states with the lowest life expectancy rates.

With a life expectancy of 71.5 years, Bulgaria fares better than Lithuania (74.1) and Latvia (74.1), against an EU average of 80.3 years, according to conclusive data of Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute (NSI) for 2013, as cited by dnevnik.bg.

Male life expectancy in the EU stands at 77.5 years, while in Bulgaria it is 71 years.

Female life expectancy in the EU amounts to 83.1 years, while for Bulgarian women it is 78 years.

On a positive note, life expectancy in Bulgaria increased by 7.1 years compared to 1990-1992.

Bulgarian authorities mull tying the retirement age to the life expectancy.

The longest life expectancy has been recorded in Spain, at 82.5 years, followed by Italy with 82.4 years, and France with 82.1 years.

A total of 20 EU countries boast a life expectancy rate of over 80 years.

Bulgaria's mortality rate is the worst in the EU, at 14.4%, compared to an average of 9.9% for the EU28.

The male mortality rate, at 15.5%, continues to be higher than the female mortality rate, at 13.3%.

As regards the rate of premature death (below 64 years of age), there is an even more dramatic difference, with a rate of 14.2% for women and a rate of around 30% for men.

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Vladimir K. - 6 May 2014 // 11:28:10

Jordy, that must have been the stupidest comment I have ever seen. Payroll by the Russian embassy? Really? You must have been reading some rightwing crap blog about fake conspiracy theories which are obviously fake. The embassy has absolutely nothing to do with these posts and it's stupid to assume things you simply do not know. But again, I'm delighted that your intelligence has once again fallen down the drains.

"Represent the majority of "Bulgarians"? Well, I have never said I am a Bulgarian, nor Ive been one.

I remember once you didn't even know who Ahmed Erdogan was, and this clearly shows how little you know about politics, so just head back to the border, have a drink, and chill out.

jordy - 6 May 2014 // 06:53:25

Yane/Optimistic/Vladimir/Lena are russians, you should disregard their idiotic writings on this site. I know them very well they are on payroll in the russian embassy.
Their stupidity and arrogance is astonishing and they do not represent the majority of Bulgarians. Cheers

dosdo - 5 May 2014 // 17:45:38

maybe it is doner and lukanka sausage that is the killer, maybe breathing stinky air, maybe just stupidity

Optimistic - 5 May 2014 // 16:48:54

Thank you Warfou for your concern about our life expectancy.

Warfou - 5 May 2014 // 14:53:30

This is an EU ranking. Russia's average life span is just 66 years so Yane/Optimistic/Vladimir/Lena/ etc etc will sit still, at least this time.

Nyet - 5 May 2014 // 14:36:45

I'm sure local peasants like Yane will claim they have a low life expectancy because of NATO, the EU, the US and the Turks.


Warfou - 5 May 2014 // 14:33:30

It's not only due to the lack of money. It is more about living habits, namely what you do in your free time and what you eat and drink. In western Europe you can see many elder people riding bicycles, doing "nordic walking", hiking in mountains and excercising, in Bulgaria - I have seen hardly any. Bulgarian kitchen is good and tasty but also fatty with lots of stuff being fried on oil. And smoking is also more common here than in the West.

jonni - 5 May 2014 // 14:18:34

see bulgarians are #1 in some categories if Bulgarian men had bigger pensions they would have a reason to live long as Greeks

Fr Jack Hackett - 5 May 2014 // 14:14:05

There again, who would want to live a longer life if it involved suffering? The last thing I would want is to spend my last years in a home for old people like they have in the UK where people are abused and humiliated and not taken care of - as I have read in their newspapers. At least here we have our families around us although I have heard some horror stories about that too

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