Life expectancy, by educational attainment (NHC)


Life expectancy at age 30, by educational attainment (four groups shown). Calculated for 7-year periods.

Life expectancy is the age a person is expected to live to according to current mortality rates. Life expectancy is calculated using age dependent probabilities of death. Mortality rates will most likely change with time. If current positive trends in medicine and other areas effecting survival continue, then current newborns will most likely live longer than what is predicted here.

Two measures are available. Use the Measures menu to select:
1. Expected life years = Expected age at death, calculated as an average over a 7-year period.
2. Ratio (Norway = 100) = Ratio between the county's value and the national value for a given year. Examples; ratio = 130 means that the county's value is 30% higher than the national level. A ratio of 87 means that the county's value is 13% lower than the national level.

Four levels of education are available. Use the Education menu to select:
- All educational levels
- Compulsory education = all who have completed primary and lower secondary school.
- Upper secondary school or beyond = all who have completed an education beyond the compulsory.
- Upper secondary school = all who have completed this.
- Tertiary education = all who have completed an education beyond upper secondary school.

Full Title

Life expectancy, by educational attainment (NHC)

Identification Number



Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Statistics Norway SSB


Date: 2019-03-01

Geographical level

Norway and counties


Both genders, men and women

Time periods

1990-1996 til 2010-2016 (i.e. calculated for 7-year periods)

Kind of Data

Life expectancy is not calculated if the period length (7 years) multiplied by the average yearly population is less than 5000.

Frequency of updates



The statistics are based on data in Statistics Norway's population statistics.

Life expectancy was determined by means of a mortality table. From this, the mortality rates were used for a five-year age interval. In order to obtain sufficiently large figures for the calculations, the mortality table is based on mortality over seven-year periods. Life expectancy is not calculated in instances where the length of the period (7 years) multiplied by the average annual population count is less than 5,000.


Life expectancy provides information about the health of the population. At national and county level, this is a stable and reliable indicator providing information about changes over time and about differences between population groups.

Over the last 30 years, the health of all groups in Norway has improved, but the improvement in health was greatest for individuals with long education and high income. For example, this group has a higher life expectancy than persons with shorter education and lower income. Within the last decade especially, inequalities in health (physical and mental) have increased for both children and adults. Reducing social inequalities in health is a key objective in public health efforts.

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Life expectancy in Norway - summary

Causes of death & Life expectancy

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