Life Expectancy is rising in Finland, unlike the UK. What is going right?

Serena Fernandes
Knowledge Transfer

There are big differences in terms of life expectancy between the UK and Finland. For example, at present life expectancy in the UK has stopped rising and started to fall across various regions in the UK. Contrastingly, figures from the Office for National Statistics have show that, comparatively-speaking, Finland has experienced the largest improvements in life expectancy out of a pool of 20 countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and Poland. This raises the question of what is going right in Finland with regard to these improvements in life expectancy. The following article by The Guardian attempts to provide us with an answer, where it discusses how preventative measures in Finland’s Public Health system is the reason why life expectancy in Finland is rising, unlike that of the UK: