Germany: East-west divide in life expectancy almost overcome

22 septiembre 2015

Twenty-five years after reunification, the once considerable differences between life expectancy in eastern and western Germany have almost disappeared for women, a new study has discovered. East German men have also benefited strongly from unification, but they still lag behind western men. A clear south-north gradient has developed throughout Germany, which reverses the historical north-south gradient that existed in the early twentieth century. Individual regions are lagging further and further behind.