According to a study published by the Spanish Health Ministry yesterday called “Health in the Spanish population”, out of all the countries in the European Union, Spanish women have the longest average life expectancy – 83. In the overall ranking of men and women, Spain comes third in average life expectancy, behind Italy and Sweden.
The study, based on data from 2002 also concludes that Spain also has the lowest levels of deaths caused by heart attacks, heart disease, breast cancer and sirosis
However, not all is good news. Spain has one of the worst records of deaths caused by diabetes and traffic accidents. Yesterday the government released the final figures of deaths caused by traffic accidents over the Easter week – 108. A massive 47 percent of the people who were killed were not wearing their seatbelt when the accident occurred.