Gap between male, female life expectancy narrows in Sri Lanka

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June 27, 2016 (LBO) – The difference between female and male life expectancy at birth reduced in 2012 to 6.6 years compared with 8.4 years in 2001, latest data from the statistics office showed.

For the years 2011 to 2013, life expectancy is 72.0 years for males and 78.6 for females, while the life expectancies for males and females for the year 2001 were 68.8 and 77.2 years respectively.

Therefore there is also an increase of life expectancy for both males and females in year 2012 compared to year 2001.

Since the last Census was conducted in year 2012, population data from the ‘Census 2012’ and the deaths occurred in 2011, 2012 and 2013 are used to calculate the life expectancy for the years 2011‐2013.

Department of Census and Statistics published the Life Tables for Sri Lanka for the years 2011‐2013 recently.

These life tables are used to get an idea about the life expectancy of population in the country.

Sri Lanka has a long history in preparing life tables. The first life table was published in 1888. Life tables have been usually prepared for Census years since 1901.

Before the years 2011‐2013 the life tables were prepared for the years 2000‐2002.

Life expectancy at birth, life expectation of a person in a specific age group, and the probability of surviving of a population in one age group to another age group could be measured from a life table.

This information has immense practical importance in many disciplines, such as education, health, insurance and actuarial science.