Life Expectancy in Cuba: 78.4 Years

HAVANA, Cuba, May 27 (acn) At the end of the 2011-2013 three year-period life expectancy at birth of the Cuban population in general reached 78.45 years, a figure that places the island among the 25 nations of the world most advantaged in this important social indicator.

Master of Science Juan Carlos Alfonso, director of the Center for Population and Development Studies (CEPDE) of the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), told the Granma newspaper that the aforementioned figure represents an increase of 0.48 with respect to the 2005-2007 period, when the average was 77.97 years. All provinces experienced increases in life expectancy for both genders.

In particular, women show a life expectancy of 80.45 and men 76.50. Women in Las Tunas, Holguin, Guantanamo and Villa Clara exceed 81, while those born in Artemisa, Camagüey, Havana and Mayabeque do not reach 80.

In relation to men, only residents in Las Tunas point to be able to reach 78 years of age.

It is worth mentioning that the provinces of Las Tunas and Holguin have a life expectancy at birth of about 79.5 years, the highest nationwide. Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Guantanamo and Pinar del Rio also exceed 79 years.

Paradoxically, Havana has the lowest value (of around 77.36), followed by Artemisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba.

These data are part of a monographic study published last year by specialists of the CEPDE, from information collected in the 2012 Population and Housing Census and other sources.

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