Healthy life years

In 2019, healthy life expectancy in Belgium stood at 62.4 years. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase. Between 2005 en 2019 (assessment of June 2021) the trend is undetermined.

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Healthy life years - Belgium and international comparison

years at birth

 2005201020142015201820192019//20052019//2014
Belgium62.463.364.164.263.462.40.0-0.5
EU2760.961.861.362.864.064.60.41.1
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: BE 2019, EU 2008 and 2015; estimates: EU 2005 and 2006

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2021), Healthy life years [hlth_hlye], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 04/05/2021).

Healthy life years by sex - Belgium

years at birth

 2005201020142015201820192019//20052019//2014
females62.362.663.764.063.762.80.1-0.3
males62.464.064.464.463.262.10.0-0.7
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2019

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2021), Healthy life years [hlth_hlye], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 04/05/2021).

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). Statistics Belgium 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. 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 Statistics Belgium.

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 in the European Union (EU27) is quite stable between 2005 and 2014, on average 61.3 years. Subsequently, thereis an increase to 64.6 years in 2019. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and is below the European average in 2019.

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.

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