The average life expectancy in Moscow lengthened by nine years in the past 12 years, while the average life expectancy in the whole of Russia increased over the same period by one year and a half, a source in the Moscow public health department told Itar-Tass.
The average life expectancy of men in Moscow makes up 69 years and of women 76 years, while the corresponding indexes for Russia are 60 and 73 years. The Moscow authorities believe the reason is the improvement and easy accessibility of medical aid.
The infant mortality rate in Moscow decreased. It was 10.9 per 1,000 newborn babies in 2000 and 6.5 in 2008. Discounting for newcomers' babies, it makes up 4.3 per 1,000 newborns, which corresponds to European indexes.
The overall death rate lowers in Moscow. It was 11.9 per 1,000 persons in 2008, which is much lower than the similar index for Russia (14.7 per 1,000). The birth rate increased considerably. There were 68,363 births in Moscow ten years ago while 100,000 babies were born in 2007. The number of births was 104,876 last year and over 54,000 babies were born in the first six months of 2009.