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Italians living longer but lag in wellbeing

World Health Organization blames unemployment, politics

Italians living longer but lag in wellbeing

Rome, March 13 - Italians are living longer but lag in terms of wellbeing, according to the World Health Organization's latest report on 53 European countries. European longevity increased overall due to a range of reasons, from fewer car crashes to lower maternal mortality to better socioeconomic conditions, but enormous differences between states remain, the report said. Since 1980, average European life expectancy increased by five years, to 80 for women and 72 for men, and one fourth of the European population will be over 65 by 2050. In Italy, which ranks third in terms of longevity and is second only to Switzerland in terms of mortality, women's life expectancy grew by three years in the last three decades, reaching 85. However, Italy lags in six out of 22 indicators of overall wellbeing: youth employment, employment of women with small children, personal time, social support systems, and citizens' ability to have a say in public policy decisions, according to the report.

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