Press Life expectancy in Germany has decreased since the beginning of the pandemic

Main reason is high death figures during the Covid-19 pandemic

Press release No. 313 of 26 July 2022

WIESBADEN – The average life expectancy of newborn girls was 83.2 years and that of newborn boys 78.2 years in 2021. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the life expectancy of newborns fell markedly compared with 2019, the last year before the pandemic. For boys it was down by 0.6 years, for girls by 0.4 years. The main reason for this development is unusually high death figures during the Covid-19 waves. The development of life expectancy shows changes in mortality that are independent of the age structure. It is therefore particularly well suited for comparisons over time.


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