Russia: Life expectancy rises to 72 yearsLife expectancy in Russia is on the rise, reported the official government’s statistics body Rosstat. In 2016 it achieved nearly 72 years (71.87).

Women in Russia live 10 years longer

However, the giant gap between the life expectancy of men and women still remains a problem for the Russian Federation. This is one of the main reasons why women outnumber men in the countries of the former Soviet Union. (In total, there are about 11 million women more than men in Russia, with the demographics of 86 males to 100 females.)

But the statistics show a move in the right direction. If previously females outlived males by 11 years, now the gap is narrowed to 10:

  • Russian women live on average up to 77 years.
  • Men’s life expectancy raised to 67 years.

Yet, even though the numbers may still seem low to residents of countries like Japan or Australia, where both ladies and gentlemen live over 80 years, for Russia it’s an achievement.

President Putin said earlier this year that by 2025 Russians will be living on average to reach the age of 76, reports.

For the last 5 years life expectancy in Russia improved substantially.

  • 2012—70.2
  • 2016—71.8

The latest figures show that residents of Moscow, as well as autonomous national republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia (both located in the region of the Northern Caucasus, near Chechnya), live up to around 77 years on average (the data includes both genders).

Removed regions of the Autonomous republic of Tuva (Southern Siberia, near the border with Mongolia) and Chukotka (Far East) just make it past 64. In fact, it means that most males in these areas don’t reach the age of 60.

People living in the Jewish Autonomous region (Russian Far East, near Khabarovsk in Siberia) are expected to live until 65.8 years.

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Unfortunately, the gender difference in life expectancy is a common problem for all of the post-Soviet states. Each of them tries to solve them in its own way. Great, if Russia will find something special…