By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Life expectancy in Taiwan rose to an average 79.84 years in 2014, with an average 76.72
years for males and 83.19 years for females, according to the Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday.
According to preliminary calculations, the average life expectancy at birth for males only rose slightly over the previous year, which saw 76.7 in 2013, as opposed to a drop for females with 83.3 last year.
However, the decrease of female life expectancy in Taiwan can be attributed to the increased number of deaths for women aged 65 and above in 2014, the ministry said, adding that cancer remains the number one killer disease in the nation.
Based on the data collected, the MOI survey found that Taiwan’s average life span is comparative with figures from countries in Europe, the United States and Germany. [FULL STORY]