|Source Catalonia: Idescat, Ministry of Health. Source Spain, eurozone and European Union: Eurostat.|
Date published: September 7, 2009. Revised series on September 29, 2017.
Life expectancy corresponds to the average number of years that a person of a precise age is likely to continue living should they be subjected throughout their life to the current mortality conditions (the specific probabilities of dying at each age). The particular case of life expectancy at age zero, or life expectancy at birth, represents the duration of the average life of a fictitious generation subject to the mortality conditions of the period.
The data for the year 2012 and beyond are taken from the life tables calculated by the Department of Health. The data for previous years are taken from the life tables drawn up by Idescat, which are calculated upon the basis of the five-year averages in which the table's reference year corresponds to the middle year of the period.
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