Itongadol.- Life expectancy in Israel has risen by over two years in the past decade, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday.
Life expectancy among Israelis rises by 2 years in past decade
Israeli life expectancy is 79.9 years for men and 83.6 women, according to the Statistical Abstract of Israel 2013. Life expectancy has risen since the late seventies by 8.7 years for men and 8.9 years for women. The last decade alone has seen a rise of 2.4 years for men and 2.1 years for women.
Life expectancy among Israeli Jews is higher than among the Arab population. In 2012, the gap was 3.7 years among men and 3.3 years among women.
Compared to other OECD countries, the Israeli average is relatively high. In 2011, life expectancy for men was ranked fourth (after Iceland, Switzerland and Italy, and along with Sweden), women\’s life expectancy was ranked lower, in thirteenth place.
Life expectancy is not the only thing that is rising, however. Israeli Jews are also getting married later, according to the publication. Some 64% of adult Jewish males and 46% of Jewish females in Israel between the ages of 25 and 29 are single. This compares to approximatley 54% of Jewish men and 38% of Jewish women at the beginning of the decade. The statistics refer to data from 2011.
Among Israel\’s Muslim population, the percentage of single people in that age group is lower; only 45 % of adult males and 19% of adult women.
Even the age at which women first have children is going up. Today, this stands at 27.3. In 1994, by comparison, it was 25.1. This figure is highest among Jewish women, where the average age for first-time mothers is 28.2. Among Muslim women, there has also been a rise, but at 23.5, the average age is still lower than the rest of the population.
The annual publication also includes data on Israelis in a number of other fields, such as society, economy, education and health.