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MAP: Where in France do people have the longest life expectancy?

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MAP: Where in France do people have the longest life expectancy?
Growing old in France appears to be a habit. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

France generally does pretty well in European (and global) comparisons on life expectancy - but which French regions have the longest-living residents?


You might expect that the clear mountain air of the Alps would give inhabitants the longest life expectancy in France, or perhaps the sunny days and gentle winters of Provence - but in fact new data reveals that the place in France where people live the longest is the Paris region. 

Women in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France can expect to live 86.6 years old, while men have a life expectancy of 80.8 years. The overall average lifespan for the region is 83.8 years - above the national average of 82.4 and the highest in France, according to a study by European statistics body Eurostat.

But there might be something in that crystal clear mountain air - the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is second on Eurostat's long-life list, with women in the region living 86.7 years, while men’s life expectancy is the same as for men in Île-de-France.


Corsica, which was ranked first in France for life expectancy in 2022, is now in third place after it saw life expectancy averages fall from 87 to 86.2 years for women, and from 84 to 80.6 years for men. 

The lowest average life expectancy in metropolitan France is in the northern Hauts-de-France region, the figures show, with the average lifespan of 83.8 years for women and 77.2 for men. 

The region was formerly France's centre of heavy industry and coal mining, which may account for shorter life expectancy. 

Across the European regions, overall life expectancy at birth was 80.1 years, the study revealed – 82.9 years for women and 77.2 years for men. At the time of birth, females are expected to live longer in every region of the EU where data is available.


While Ile-de-France is the longest-lived area of France, it is not the longest lived region of Europe.

The highest life expectancy at birth for women is in Spain - in the  Comunidad de Madrid it is 88.2 years followed by Comunidad Foral de Navarra (87.6 years), Castilla y León (87.5 years), Cantabria (87.1 years), Galicia and País Vasco (both 87.0 years).

The highest figure for life expectancy at birth for men, 82.8 years, was recorded in the autonomous island region of Åland (Finland), followed by Comunidad de Madrid (82.2 years) and Comunidad Foral de Navarra (81.9) in Spain, then the Swedish regions of Stockholm (82.1 years) and Småland med öarna (81.9 years).



Life expectancy for men and women by region of France

Region Overall life expectancy Female life expectancy Male Life Expectancy
FRANCE 82.4 85.5 79.3
Ile de France 83.8 86.6 80.8
Centre Val de Loire 82.2 85.4 79.0
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté 82.3 85.5 79.1
Normandie 81.6 84.9 78.2
Hauts-de-France 80.5 83.8 77.2
Grand Est 81.8 84.8 78.7
Pays-de-la-Loire 83.1 86.2 80.1
Bretagne 82.4 85.6 79.1
Nouvelle Aquitaine 82.7 85.8 79.6
Occitanie 82.9 85.8 79.9
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 83.4 86.4 80.4
PACA 82.4 85.4 79.4
Corsica 83.4 86.2 80.6



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jon wallsgrove 2023/11/10 18:50
The official ONS statistics for life expectancy in the UK are 88 for women and 86 for men. This is somewhat better than anywhere in Europe. Astonishing!

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