Global Life Expectancy and Infant Mortality: Positive Trends and Regional Disparities

The more than one hundred and thirty million children who will be born this year around the world will live the longest lives in human history. The so-called life expectancy at birth will climb to a new global record after the covid slump of previous years – an average of 73.4 years, they estimate UN demographers. And it will continue to rise. In the next fifty years, it should be almost 80 years worldwide, writes in the current edition of the Ekonom weekly on the occasion of International Children’s Day.

Data on infant mortality also show a similarly positive trend. While half a century ago, 93 children out of 1,000 births did not live to see their first birthday, this year it will be 27 out of every 1,000. And the number will continue to fall.

But the chance of longevity still depends a lot on where children are born. While European newborns, including Czech ones, have a chance to live almost 80 years, African ones only 63 years. And, for example, the children who will be born this year in Chad or Nigeria, only less than 54 years old.

You can click through the following interactive map to see how many children will be born this year in individual countries of the world and how long their lives will be.

2023-06-01 04:29:58
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