Suburbanites live shorter lives

Paul O'Mahony
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Suburbanites live shorter lives

Inhabitants of Stockholm less well-to-do suburbs live considerably shorter lives than people living in more comfortable central districts. A new report from the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (SNIPH) examines differences in life expectancy along the city's metro and commuter train lines.


Just nine metro stations separate Östermalm from Skarpnäck, or four kilometres as the crow flies. But life expectancy in the suburb of Skarpnäck is 2.7 years lower for woman and 3.5 years for men than it is for inhabitants in the prosperous Östermalm area.

The discrepancies in average life expectancy between districts in the City of Stockholm are larger for men than for women. The gap is widest between men in Östermalm and Kista, with men in the northwest suburb living lives that are 3.7 years shorter.

In terms of Stockholm's 18 districts, Kista has the lowest life expectancy for men (75.5 years) and the second lowest for women (80.7 years). Women in Skärholmen claim that dubious honour, with an average life expectancy of 80.5 years.

SNIPH suggests that further analysis now needs to be carried out to uncover the socio-economic and health issues that underpin the current findings.


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