A new report from Statistics Iceland shows that Icelandic men on average live the longest of all European men, or to the age of 81.6 years. This is an increase of roughly two years since 2000.
Icelandic women were long ranked the longest living in the world, but have in the past decade fallen behind other countries, such as Spain where the average women can expect to live 85.5 years, France where it is 85.4 years, and Liechtenstein with 85.2 years. This has been attributed more to an increase in the quality of life for women elsewhere in the world, and less to a shortening of Icelandic women’s lifespans, as they still warm the sixth spot on the European list with an average age of 84.3 years.
Iceland also boasts the lowest infant mortality rate in Europe at 1.1 per every 1000 live births in 2012, and 1.8 in 2013.