Changing mortality patterns that led life expectancy in Japan to surpass Sweden's: 1972-1982

Demography. 1988 Nov;25(4):611-24.


Between 1972 and 1982, Japan caught up to and then surpassed Sweden as the country with the longest life expectancy. The contributions of different causes of death and age groups to life expectancy changes in males during this time period are examined in detail for these two countries. Even though cerebrovascular disease mortality rates remained lower in Sweden over the entire interval, the rapid gain made by Japan relative to Sweden for this cause of death was a prime factor in Japan's ending the period with a higher life expectancy. Important contributions to life expectancy improvement in Japan came from declining mortality rates in those aged 55 and older.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Japan / ethnology
  • Life Expectancy / ethnology
  • Life Expectancy / trends*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality*
  • Sweden / ethnology