Life expectancy at age 30 by educational attainement 2000-2021
Throughout the period 2000–2021, remaining life expectancy at 30 years has been highest for the group of persons with post-secondary education and lowest for the group of persons with only compulsory education. The group of persons with upper secondary education lay between these two groups. In 2021, remaining life expectancy was 6.8 years higher for women with post-secondary education than for women with only compulsory education, 57.7 years compared to 50.9 years. For men, the difference between these two groups in the number of remaining years of life expectancy was just under 6 years, 54.6 years compared to 48.7 years. For both women and men, the difference between those with post-secondary education and those with upper secondary education was 2.7 years. Persons with upper secondary education had a life expectancy that was 4.1 years (for women) and 3.2 years (for men) higher than for those with compulsory education.
The number of years of remaining life expectancy at 30 years increased for all groups between 2000 and 2019. The drop in life expectancy in 2020, due to high mortality from covid-19, led to somewhat lower life expectancy in 2020 than in 2000 for women with compulsory education, but between 2020 and 2021 life expectancy clearly increased for all groups. The increase was greatest for women with post-secondary education and for men with upper-secondary education, 0.6 years, and smallest for women with compulsory education, 0.3 years. The development for the entire period 2000 to 2021 shows that changes has differed between groups. The largest increase, 3.2 years, was among men with post-secondary education, from 51.4 years to 54.6 years, for women with post-secondary education the increase was 1.9 years and for women with compulsory education the increase was less than 0.1 years.
The calculation on remaining life expectancy by level of education only includes persons born in Sweden. Data on level of education is often not available for foreign born persons, which is why they have been excluded from this statistic in the graphs. The calculation of life expectancy is smoothed for death risks in the highest ages, 90 years and older, for 2000–2009, and 99 years and older for 2010–2011. The smoothing in 2000–2011 means that all groups of education are allotted the same death risk as women and men born in Sweden in total in the country as from the various high ages. The reason for this smoothing is that the level of education is not available for anyone born in Sweden before 1911. As from 2012, the same calculation is used as in the official statistics for women and men in total in Sweden.