Healthy life years

In 2016, healthy life expectancy in Belgium stood at 63.8 years for women and 63.7 years for men. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, these figures must increase. The trend since 2005 is undetermined.

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Healthy life years by sex - Belgium and international comparison

years at birth

females, Belgium62.362.663.664.
females, EU28--62.662.163.364.2--0.7
males, Belgium62.464.063.464.463.70.20.1
males, EU28--61.861.762.663.5--0.6
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), Healthy Life Years [hlth_hlye], (consulted on 08/04/2019).

Definition: healthy life expectancy measures the number of years a person of a given age can expect to live without serious or moderate health problems. It is calculated on the basis of life expectancy and surveys assessing the share of people who consider themselves in good or poor health and is expressed in years. The data presented here are drawn from mortality statistics and from data on perceived disabilities collected from the health module of the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions survey (EU-SILC). Statbel organises this EU-harmonised survey in Belgium and makes the results available, in particular to Eurostat. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States, for men and women separately, but not for the population as a whole. Since these data are based on surveys, a margin of uncertainty must be taken into account. The confidence intervals for these data are available on request from Statbel.

Goal: healthy life expectancy must increase.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development includes objective 4: "Healthy life expectancy will have increased compared to 2010. The gap in healthy life expectancy by education level and gender will be reduced by 50% on average” (Belgian Official Gazette, 08/10/2013).

International comparison: the healthy life expectancy of women in the European Union is quite stable between 2010 and 2014 and then increases in 2015 and 2016. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and lags behind the European average in 2016.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to goal 3 since it measures the population health status.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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