Differences between female and male life expectancy

How does life expectancy differ between the sexes? This report uses WHO Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to work it out.

You can download the exact dataset used for this script here.

Life expectancy of women vs men in differerent countries

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This graph shows that female life expectancy exceeds male in almost every country in the world. The diagonal line is where the points would lie were female and male LE equal in that country. Only in Afghanistan is male life expectancy greater than female.

This table shows the differences in life expectancies in selected regions:

location_id Location Female LE - Male LE
1 Global 5.1114614
6 China 5.3973055
80 France 5.9028646
81 Germany 4.7725092
86 Italy 4.4653957
95 United Kingdom 3.5423138
102 United States 4.9938900
135 Brazil 7.0818672
160 Afghanistan -0.3642782
163 India 2.3747281
170 Congo 0.1691801
212 Mauritania 0.9057453
214 Nigeria 3.0621790
44575 World Bank High Income 5.3019570
44578 World Bank Low Income 4.3547102

Sex difference in life expectancy vs overall life expectancy

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Interestingly, there isn't a correlation between the difference in life expectancy between sexes and the overall life expectancy in a country.

About this report

This report was generated from an R script which performs the underlying calculations. The code and console output have been removed to make it easier to read. If you want to see the code, you can check out the latest version at GitHub, and if you want to view the console output, see le-sex-difference.txt.