Statistic Iceland has published new data on the life expectancy of babies born in Iceland. Life expectancy of males in 2011 was 79.9 years but 83.6 years for females.Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In 2010, the infant mortality rate in Iceland was lower than in any other European country, 2.2 per 1,000 live births. Finland follows in the rankings with an infant mortality rate of 2.3.
The rate ranged between 2.5 and 3.4 in the other Nordic countries. In 2010, the infant mortality rate in Europe was highest in Turkey, 13.2 deaths per 1,000 live births.
In 2011, the average life expectancy at birth for Icelandic women was 83.6 years and 79.9 years for men. In 2010, life expectancy for Icelandic women ranked the ninth highest in Europe.
The highest average life expectancy for women in Europe in 2010 was in Spain with 85.3 years and France with 85.0 years.
Average life expectancy for Icelandic men was the third highest in Europe in 2010 with Switzerland in first place with an average expected life span of 79.9 years and Sweden in second place with an average life span of 79.6 years.