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Life expectancy below EU average
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Life expectancy for men and women in Scotland has improved
Life expectancy for men and women in Scotland has improved but it is still below the average for the European Union, according to new figures.

In Scotland, life expectancy now stands at an average of 74.6 years for men and 79.6 years for women.

For men, the figure is one year shorter than the EU average and for women it is almost two years less.

For both sexes, it is about four years lower than in countries such as Sweden, whose citizens live the longest.

The figures were revealed in a report by the Registrar General for Scotland, Duncan Macniven.

According to the statistics, the gap between men and women is also closing - dropping from 5.7 years to five years over the past 10 years.

Within Scotland's national figures, there are big regional differences.

Men in Glasgow have the lowest life expectancy in the country at 70.5 years, while East Dunbartonshire has the highest at 78.

Spread equally

Women can expect to live to 81.9 in East Renfrewshire but only 77 in Glasgow.

Glasgow was also the worst place for life expectancy measured by health board area - 72.5 for men and 78.2 for women, while in the Shetland health board area men can expect to live to 76.6 and women to 81.5.

Shetland was also the area where men and women already aged 65 can expect to live the longest - an extra 18 years in the case of men, and 20.5 years for women.

For men, this is four years longer than in Glasgow, and for women it is 3.2 years longer.

Mr Macniven said: "Our calculations show that people throughout Scotland are likely to live longer now than they did 10 years ago.

"But that improvement is not spread equally.

"Life expectancy for men in Shetland has risen by almost five years but by only two months in Clackmannanshire.

"For women, life expectancy in East Dunbartonshire has increased by almost three years, but in East Ayrshire by only eight months."

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