Life expectancy for a newborn has increased in the last decade in the European Union, according to a recent Eurostat publication.
Official statistics show that life expectancy has increased, on average, by more than two years per decade since the 1960s. However, the latest available data suggest that life expectancy has remained in place, or even declined in recent years in some EU member states.
Moreover, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, life expectancy at birth fell to the vast majority of EU Member States, which have data available for 2020.
Albania has the longest expectation to live in the region according to the latest available data published by Eurostat for 2019.
An Albanian is expected to live 79.1 years. Compared to 2013, the life expectancy for a newborn has increased by 1.2 years. An Albanian newborn is expected to live longer than a Croat, Polish, Montenegrin, Macedonian, Serbian, Romanian. Bulgaria is the country with the lowest life expectancy at 75.1 years. Bulgaria is also the country with the highest mortality rate in Europe in terms of population.
Life expectancy in Albania is 2.2 years lower than the European Union average. There is no data for 2020, how much Covid-19 has affected this indicator for Albania, which so far has marked a high increase in additional mortality.