Population life, elderly

Life expectancy of Turks increased to 78.6 years

On average, men in Turkey live 5.4 years less than women; however, women suffer health problems before.

The average life expectancy of Turks increased to 78.6 years of age in the period between 2017 and 2019, according to the latest population data published this week by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), representing an increase of 0.3 points compared to the 2016-2018 period, in which the average expectation reached 78.3 years.

The report shows that life expectancy has not stopped growing in Turkey during the last 5 years, although as in other countries there are differences by sex, since on average Turkish women live 5.4 years longer than men: specifically, the average life of a woman in Turkey reaches 81.3 years, while among men it is 75.9 years. In the 2013-2015 period it was 80.7 years for women and 75.3 years for men.

Data indicate that on average, the remaining life expectancy at 30 years is about 50 years -47.6 for men and 52.5 for men- and, at 50 years, it is 30.9 years ( 28.6 for men and 33.1 for women). For those who are 65 years old, the remaining life expectancy averages 18 years (16.3 for men and 19.6 for women).

Regarding the indicator of “healthy years of life“, which refers to the number of years of life that can be expected without health problems that limit activity at a certain age, it was calculated at 58.3 years at the time of birth ( 0 years), being in this case lower among women (56.8 years) than among men (59.9 years).

According to the latest statistics, Turkey’s population at the end of 2019 was 83.1 million people; the proportion of inhabitants living in cities or urban centers increased in 2019 to 92.8%, 0.5% more than in 2018.