Statistical news release: Life expectancy for Scotland has stalled

25 Sep 2018 12:36 PM

Latest estimates indicate life expectancy for Scotland has stalled.

Statistics published today by National Records of Scotland (NRS), as part of the National Life Tables, show that life expectancy for those born in Scotland in 2015-2017 was 77.0 years for males and 81.1 years for females. This represents a slight decrease over the last year following three years with little or no change, indicating a stall in life expectancy improvements in Scotland

Life expectancy at birth:

Scotland's life expectancy compared to the rest of the UK:

Between 2014-2016 and 2015-2017 life expectancy for the UK as a whole remained virtually unchanged. There was a very slight increase for males in England but decreases for males in Northern Ireland and males and females in Wales similar to those seen in Scotland.