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Life expectancy varies across WHO Europe region by 16 years

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5667
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The World Health Organization’s European region is beleaguered by inequalities in health, says a new report.

Male life expectancy at birth varies by 20 years between countries in the region, which includes the countries of the former Soviet Union—nearly double the 12 year difference in female life expectancy.

People with greater social and economic means “have better health and live longer than people with less advantage,” it says. Vulnerable marginalised groups such as Roma and migrant workers “experience significant health disadvantage.”

Men in the region can expect to live seven years less (average 72 years) than …

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