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Life expectancy at birth

alls, period, estimates

What you should know about this indicator

  • Period life expectancy is a metric that summarizes death rates across all age groups in one particular year.
  • For a given year, it represents the average lifespan for a hypothetical group of people, if they experienced the same age-specific death rates throughout their lives as the age-specific death rates seen in that particular year.

World Population Prospects 2022 is the 27th edition of the official estimates and projections of the global population that have been published by the United Nations since 1951. The estimates are based on all available sources of data on population size and levels of fertility, mortality and international migration for 237 countries or areas. More details at https://population.un.org/wpp/Publications/.

Life expectancy at birth alls, period, estimates
The period life expectancy at birth, in a given year.
Source
UN, World Population Prospects (2022) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
July 11, 2022
Date range
1950–2021
Unit
years

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

UN, World Population Prospects (2022)

Data published by

UN, World Population Prospects (2022)

Retrieved on
September 9, 2022

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UN, World Population Prospects (2022) – processed by Our World in Data. “Life expectancy at birth – alls, period, estimates” [dataset]. UN, World Population Prospects (2022) [original data]. Retrieved June 22, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/life-expectancy-unwpp