The European Commission’s Statistical Office, Eurostat, announced on Wednesday that the covida-19 pandemic has interrupted the long-term increase in life expectancy. It is expected that in most EU member states, life expectancy in 2020 will be shorter than in 2019.
The country with the largest drop in life expectancy at birth was Spain, which dropped by 1.6 years, followed by Bulgaria, which fell by 1.5 years, and Lithuania, Poland and Romania, which fell by 1.4 years. In Croatia, life expectancy will be shortened from 78.6 to 77.8, a reduction of 0.8 years.
Only in Denmark and Finland, life expectancy will be slightly longer, that is, 0.1 years.
In most Member States, men are more affected in reducing life expectancy.
In recent decades, life expectancy at birth has been steadily increasing. Since the 1960s, life expectancy has increased by an average of two years every ten years. The latest data show that some Member States are in a state of stagnation and decline.