Life expectancy of S. Koreans rises to 83.5 years in 2020
Updated: 2021-12-01 17:01:02 KST
Babies born in South Korea last year are expected to live longer lives at an average of more than 83 years.
That's longer than the average among countries in the OECD.
Min Suk-hyen reports.
South Korean babies born last year are expected to live more than two months longer than those born the year before.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, babies born in 2020 have a life expectancy of 83 years and six months.
That's more than two months and 12 days longer than those born in 2019 and three years longer than those born in 2010.
For boys, the average life expectancy was 80.5, while for girls it was 86.5.
South Korea's life expectancy is also longer than the OECD average with males and females expected to live about two and three years longer, respectively.
"Last year, life expectancy decreased in 24 OECD countries. By comparison, South Korea increased by point-2 years moving up three notches to second place in terms of overall life expectancy at birth based on latest available data."
The data also shows that a man who turned 40 last year is expected to live 41-and-a-half years longer, while a 40-year-old woman is projected to live for another 47 years.
This means, both men and women have a good chance of living over 80.
For babies born last year, boys have an almost 63 percent chance of reaching 80, while girls have an 81.5 percent chance.
Meanwhile, cancer was seen as the number one cause of death in the future, followed by heart disease and pneumonia.
The average life expectancy increases by almost seven years if the health risks from those three major causes of death are excluded.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.