Health: Retirees in the Grand Duchy can expect to maintain an active lifestyle for more than a decade past age 65, a new report has indicated.
Luxembourg had the third “highest number of healthy life years at birth in 2011” for both women and men in the EU, according to newly released figures. A woman born that year in the Grand Duchy could expect to be healthy until age 67 years and a man until age 65, reported Eurostat, the EU’s official statistics agency.
The highest healthy life expectancy in the EU was found in Malta (71 years for women and 70 years for men) and Sweden (70 years for women and 71 for men).
Greece and Ireland ranked just behind Luxembourg, Eurostat said on Tuesday.
The average across the EU 27 was 62 years for both genders, while the lowest figures were found in Slovakia (52 years for both sexes) and Slovenia (54 for men and women).
Luxembourg also had the fourth highest number of “healthy life years” in the EU27 for those aged 65. In 2011, women and men in the Grand Duchy could expect 12 additional years.
The highest numbers were found in Sweden (15 for women and 14 for men), the lowest in Slovakia (3 and 4 years), while the EU average was nine years.
“Healthy life years measure the number of years” that a person can expect “to live without any severe or moderate health problems”, expected to live without any severe or moderate health problems. That means respondents to Eurostat’s surveys were able to “maintain their usual activities” over the previous six months.