Autor: Paula Gouveia/Lusa
From 2019 to 2021, the Autonomous Region of the Azores had the lowest life expectancy at birth and at 65 years of age.
According to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) for the triennium 2019-2021, the highest life expectancy at birth was recorded in the Northern region, standing at 81.13 years, while the regions of Madeira (78.55) and the Azores (78.18) had the lowest values.
Although life expectancy decreased in the period under review, INE points out that “in the last 11 triennia, all NUTS III regions have registered gains in longevity at birth”. In fact, in the case of the Azores, it went from 78 years old in the period 2018-2020 to 78.18 years in the triennium 2019-2021. However, in the Azores, life expectancy at the age of 65 decreased: from 17.63 years to 17.58 years. A trend that occurred in the other regions, except for the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
The biggest differences in longevity between men and women at age 65 were also registered in Madeira and the Azores, as women could expect to live on average 4.49 years and 4.47 years more than men, respectively.