Life expectancy at birth has been increasing by more than two years per decade since the 1960s but latest available data suggest it has stagnated or even declined in recent years in some EU member states, according to Eurostat.
According to data life expectancy at birth fell in the some EU member states with available 2020 data.
The largest decreases were recorded in Spain (-1.6 years compared with 2019) and Bulgaria (-1.5), followed by Lithuania, Poland and Romania (all -1.4). In Greece the decrease was -0.5, while in Cyprus life expectancy remained unchanged (0.0).
Men were slightly more affected in the majority of the EU member states with available 2020 data, with the largest decreases in their life expectancy recorded in Bulgaria (-1.7 years), Latvia and Poland (both -1.5 years) as well as Spain and Romania (both -1.4 years).