Average life expectancy for Norwegian men increased by a quarter of a year in 2016, taking it up to 80.6 years.
Women from the Scandinavian country, despite an unchanged average age last year, can still expect to live to the grand age of 84.2 on average, according to figures from Statistics Norway (Statistisk sentralbyrå, SSB).
Life expectancy for women did increase slightly by 0.02 years from 2015-16, according to the bureau’s figures.
The new figures leave the gap between the genders at 3.6 years.
Life expectancy has increased continuously since Norway first began to record estimates, says SSB on its website.
SSB’s figures show that Norwegians of both sexes could expect to live at around ten years less in 1970 and 25 years less one hundred years ago. Higher infant mortality rate and higher mortality rate among younger elderly groups were the main reasons for this, says the statistics agency.
Norway is usually among the countries in the world with the highest life expectancies, according the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Japan has the world’s highest overall life expectancy, with most recent figures showing that girls born in the Asian country in 2015 can expect to live to the age of 86.8.
The country with the lowest average life expectancy at birth is Sierra Leone at just 50.1 years.