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Kazakhstan is regional leader by difference in life expectancy between men and women

09 july 2011, 15:57
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Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Kazakhstan is the leader among Caucasus and Central Asian countries by difference in the life expectancy of men and women, KazTAG reports citing the study of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA).

“Kazakhstan is the leader by the difference in life expectancy of men and women. This value is over 10 years,” the research author, demography professor of Pennsylvania University (USA) Michaell Guillot said at the press-conference on Thursday, July 7.

“The normal difference (in life expectancy of men and women) is 4-5 years. This value used to reach 12 years in Kazakhstan. It went down to less than 10 years only in 2011. Currently the average life expectancy of men makes 63.5, and that of women makes 73.2,” added deputy director of the Department of Social and Demographic Statistics of Kazakhstan Statistics Agency Yerbolat Mussabek.

Kazakhstan is also the leader among Central Asian countries with the lowest infant mortality rate. But Kazakhstan is next to the last, forth, by the highest level of adult mortality, with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan all being ahead of it.

“Infant mortality in Kazakhstan is the lowest. While average adult mortality is much higher in Kazakhstan. But allowance has to be made for the quality of statistics in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which means that official information might not fully reflect the real situation,” Guillot said.

According to the forecast of Kazakhstan Statistics Agency, Kazakhstan's population will reach 17 million people by March 2013. The UNPFA forecasts that the world's population will reach 7 billion people by October 31, 2011.

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