The life expectancy for both males and females in Sri Lanka had increased since 2012 compared to 2001, while the gap between the two genders narrowed, the latest data released by the Department of Census and Statistics yesterday shows.
For the years 2011 to 2013, life expectancy is 72.0 years for males and 78.6 for females, while the life expectancies for males and females for the year 2001 were 68.8 and 77.2 years respectively.
The difference between female and male life expectancy at birth in 2012 is 6.6 years which is a reduction compared to the value of 8.4 years in 2001.
The Department had published the life tables for Sri Lanka for 2011-2013 recently and these tables were used to get an idea about the life-expectancy of population in the country. Before the years 2011‚Äź2013 the life tables were prepared for the years 2000‚Äź2002.
Life tables have been usually prepared for Census since 1901.
Life expectancy at birth, life expectation of a person in a specific age group, the proportion of population in a specific age group that would survive to reach the next age group and the probability of surviving of a population in one age group to another age group could be measured from a life table.