We live longer.
The health and life span of people in Europe are ever increasing. Life expectancy has significantly risen in the past 30 years: by a total of five years since 1980. In 2010 the average life expectancy in Europe was 72.5 for men and 80 for women. There are great differences between the individual countries, though. While people in Scandinavia reach a significantly older age, life expectancy in the eastern countries is dropping. In Germany, life expectancy rises by an average of three months each year. Compared to the generation of our grandparents, our lifetime has already increased by more than a third. According to official data, the average life expectancy in Germany is 76 years for men and 81 years for women. For comparison: At the end of the 19th century, the average life expectancy was still at 40 years for women and around 35 years for men.