SPAIN: One of the longest-lived populations in the world

POPULATION: Spain has one of the the longest-lived populations in the world. Photo: Shutterstock

SPAIN has one of the longest-lived populations in the world with an average life expectancy of 82.9 years.

But there are variations as a woman anywhere in Spain can expect to live longer than a male, according to Spain’s National Statistics’ Institute (INE).

Geography plays a part with a noticeable north-south divide so a woman in Soria can look forward to celebrating her 88th birthday but a male living in Sevilla has a 78-year life expectancy.  A Madrid male should live until he is 81.9 years old and a Basque from Alava until he is 81.2.


The north-south divide continues with income, which the INE figures show is inextricably linked to longevity as the Alava man earns an average €35,175 and his Sevilla counterpart €18,223.

Even the longest lives come to an end and still more statistics, this time from a life insurance company, reveal that it is cheaper to die in Zamora than Gerona, where a burial costs 29.2 per cent more than Spain’s €5,987 average.

Madrid is the next most expensive with a 27.4 per cent difference, followed by  Barcelona with 21 per cent.

In contrast, Zamora is 40 per cent cheaper, followed by Ceuta (39 per cent) and Melilla (37 per cent).

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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