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Good news for the Irish: Ireland has the highest life expectancy in the EU

Dublin: Eurostat releases news that gives Irish people reason to rejoice. Eurostat data show that Irish people live an average of 83 years (82.6). Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin stated that this is strong evidence of Ireland’s health sector’s progress. Micheal Martin said that in 2000, Ireland was 16th in terms of life expectancy.

The Irish have the longest life expectancy in the EU. However, data show that life expectancy has decreased slightly since last year. It was 82.8 last year.

Only Denmark and Cyprus saw an increase in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020. According to the data, overall life expectancy in the EU fell from 81.3 to 80.4 during this time period.

Male life expectancy in Ireland is 80.8. Since 2019, this rate has remained constant. Over the same time period, the life expectancy for girls born in Ireland fell from 84.7 to 84.4. Ireland is ranked seventh in this category.

The infant mortality rate in the EU has decreased from 6.6 per 1,000 in 2000 to 3.3 per 1,000.


Corsica, a French island, has the highest life expectancy in the European Union. People in this area have an average life expectancy of 84 years. Spain’s Balearic Islands (83.9) and Greece’s Epirus region (83.8) are close behind.

Bulgaria has the lowest life expectancy in the EU, at 72 years old.

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