Figure 1: Life expectancy for babies at birth by sex and country
England and Wales, 1991-1993 to 2012-2014
Source: Office for National Statistics
Figures are based on deaths registered and mid-year population estimates, aggregated over 3 consecutive years.
Figures for each country exclude deaths of non-residents.
Newborn life expectancy has steadily increased in England and Wales since 1991-93. Life expectancy is higher in England then in Wales, while the gap between both countries has widened over the last 2 decades.
The gap between male and female life expectancy at birth has also narrowed in both countries.