Older woman reading. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT.
More time to catch up on your reading? Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT.

Life expectancy up by 4 years since 1990

The expected life span for Swedes has increased by four years since 1990, but two years fewer than the average increase for the whole world.

In richer countries like Sweden, the life span is primarily increasing because of fewer fatalities from cardiovascular disease and cancer. The life span in poorer countries is increasing largely because of reduced child mortality rates.

The study was done by the project Global Burden of Disease and the results were published in the medical journal the Lancet.

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