Although life expectancy in member states has increased by more than five years on average since 1990, inequalities in health and access to quality care still persist in Europe.

This report, jointly produced by the EU and the OECD, shows that there is a gap of about eight years in life expectancy between countries with the highest life expectancies (Spain, Italy and France) and those with the lowest (Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania). Within all EU countries, highly educated people are likely to live several years longer and be in better health than those with a low level of education. This is particularly the case in Central and Eastern Europe.

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