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27 September 2017, 14:22
Life expectancy in Scotland has continued to stall, according to the latest figures.
Statistics published by the National Records of Scotland show life expectancy for those born in 2014-2016 was 77.1 years for men and 81.2 years for women.
Over the past 35 years the age to which people in Scotland can expect to live has increased by eight years for males and 5.9 years for females.
But statisticians said that between 2013-2015 and 2014-2016 life expectancy at birth "remained virtually unchanged", increasing by 0.01 years for women but decreasing by 0.02 years for men.
"There was also very little change between the 2012-2014 and 2013-2015 life expectancy estimates, indicating that life expectancy is stalling in Scotland," they said.
However, 2014-based projections are that life expectancy will continue to increase, reaching 82.3 years for men and 85.0 years for women by 2039.
Life expectancy at birth in Scotland is also 2.1 years lower than the UK figure for men and 1.7 years lower for women.
Tim Ellis, the Registrar General of Scotland, said: "The statistics published today show life expectancy has steadily improved over the past three decades, increasing by 8.0 years for males and 5.9 years for females, and the gap between male and female life expectancy has also decreased.
"Most recently (2014-16), a baby girl born in Scotland could expect to live for 81.2 years and a baby boy could expect to live until he was 77.1 years.
"Whilst it is good news that people in Scotland are living longer, recent trends show the increase in life expectancy has been slowing in Scotland as well as the rest of the UK."