Life expectancy at birth in Spain stands at 82.2 years

Information published this week by the Ministry of Health in Spain reveals that life expectancy at birth in 2020 stood at 82.2 years, 85 in women and 79.5 in men.

This information is thanks to the annual report of the Ministry of Health on ‘Life expectancies in Spain ‘, which analyses the most recent data, 2020, and its evolution since 2006.

The report reflects that Spain continues to be one of the countries with the highest life expectancy of the world.

The years of healthy life at birth were 78.7 years (76.8 in men and 80.6 in women), which represents around 96% of life expectancy. From 2006 to 2019, the number of years of healthy life had increased by 2.6 years (3.5 in men and 1.7 in women).

Overall, the report concludes that the evolution of hope of life has been favourable until 2020, the year in which the COVID-19 pandemic caused a decline of 1.5 years compared to 2019. This variation has been observed in both men and women and in all communities.

At the age of 65, the life expectancy in Spain in 2020 was 20.4 years, 18.3 in men and 22.3 in women. The pandemic height in 2020 caused a decline of 1.5 years compared to 2019. This variation has also been observed in both men and women and in all autonomous communities.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was higher during the first wave than during the second, since the life expectancy at birth decreased more the first semester than the second semester of 2020 with respect to the same semesters of 2019.

Healthy life years at birth in 2020 they stood at 78.7 (76.8 in men and 80.6 in women), which represented a decrease of 1.2 years (1.2 in men and 1.1 in women) compared to 2019. In 2020, the 95.7% of the years of life expectancy were lived disability free.

Between 2006 and 2020, the percentage of years lived without limitation remained relatively constant.