Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Life expectancy at birth (in years)

Indicator definition

This indicator is measured as the number of years a person can expect to live at his birthday.

Indicator importance

Life expectancy at birth is one of the principal global indicators for mortality, reflecting improvements in living standards and the establishment and improvement in health systems and in medical care. It can thus be viewed as a partial output indicator of the quality of the health care system in general. It is a theoretical indicator where general mortality trends are transposed on a new born child.