Does it matter where I live in Western Europe? An analysis of regional mortality differentials in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands

Willem Jan Van der Veen*

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    Regional differentials in life expectancy at birth during the 1980s in Belgium, The Netherlands and some parts of the former Federal Republic of Germany are presented and commented upon. Life expectancy at birth during the 1980s was highest in The Netherlands, and lowest in some parts of southern Belgium. Substantial differentials existed in 1980, particularly because of differential mortality due to diseases of the circulatory system, lung cancer, breast cancer, motor vehicle accidents and suicide. These differentials persisted throughout the 1980s, but gradually converged. Gains in life expectancy were mainly due to declining cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality. Sharp and persistent differentials between border regions in the study area point to societal and cultural forces bringing about dividing lines between relatively homogeneous mortality profiles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)319-348
    Number of pages30
    JournalEuropean journal of population-Revue europeenne de demographie
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1994



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