Even countries such as Spain, Italy, or France, which have seen among the highest increases in life expectancy since 1960 experienced a significant drop in 20120.

Denmark and Norway were the only countries among the ones analyzed where life expectancy fell in 2020 for both men and women. In Finland, life expectancy was only reduced for men.

Although Covid-19 has a direct impact on these findings, having killed an estimated 1.8 million people around the world, the decrease in life expectancy is due also to the gaps in healthcare, which are likely going to have a longer-term impact even after the end of the pandemic. These include, for instance, care delayed for fear of exposure to the virus, both for emergency conditions to routine health monitoring.

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