Historic development

Helseundersøkelser 1942-44, (Oslo Museum, produsent: Rigmor Dahl) Søster ved den sykes seng,1904, (Oslo Museum, produsent: Anders Beer Wilse)

Today, the standard of living in Norway is high. Medicine is available to treat many serious illnesses and the welfare state has systems in place that ensure everyone access to medical help and medication. Children can receive free vaccinations against most common illnesses.
Things have changed considerably through the years, resulting in a higher life expectancy. A person born around the year 1900 could expect to live until the age of around 55. A girl born in 1950 was expected to live until the age of 73 ½, while a boy could expect to live to 70 years. For those born in 2010, these figures are 83 years for girls and 78 ½ years for boys.

Increase in life expectancy in the past century:

Økning i levealder de siste hundre årene


“Over the past 100 years, the expected life span has increased by a generation!” (Jens Stoltenberg)

Jens Stoltenberg