Life expectancy is rising in Finland – unlike in the UK. What’s going right?

Scandinavian countries spend more on public services and excel in preventive health. They should beware the British model

Earlier this week, a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health warned that infant mortality in the UK could be 140% higher by 2030 than in comparatively wealthy countries if current trends continue. Infant mortality rates are already twice as high as in Finland. There are also big gaps between the UK and Finland on rising life expectancy. Life expectancy has stopped rising in the UK, and is now actually falling across much of the country. In stark contrast, Office for National Statistics figures show that out of 20 comparator countries, Finland has experienced the largest increase in improvements in life expectancy for men since 2010, and Finnish women’s life expectancy has also consistently risen.

What is it about Finland? And what’s wrong with the UK?

Read more from an article published in the Guardian on October 17th 2018 here, and/or listen to a lecture about Oxford, the UK, Europe, the World and seven new maps of the world by clicking on the triangle below. The Lecture was given on October 16th 2018. The two subjects of inequality in health and remapping the world are, as if everything, related:

 

Danny Dorling giving the The Fleure Memorial Lecture, Manchester Geographical Association, Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, October 16th 2018.

 

 

(Note the Guardian piece is written by Annika Koljonen and Danny Dorling. Annika Koljonen is a final-year student at the University of Cambridge. The talk is by Danny, introduced by Sue Birmingham, President of the Manchester Branch of the Geography Association).