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Social inequalities in health
The Norwegian population’s health is good. Yet behind the averages hide large differences in morbidity and mortality. The better the education and economy, the better the health. Those with the longest education and best financial situation have the best health.
Life expectancy has increased for all education groups since the 1960s, but the groups with higher education had the best development. For men, it appears that these differences have diminished since 2000. For women, however, the differences in life expectancy are still increasing and women with low education had the worst trends in life expectancy compared with other groups. Much of this can be attributed to increasing social differences in mortality from lung cancer and COPD.
Fewer immigrants report excellent or very good health compared to people born in Norway. The prevalence of psychological distress, mental disorders and certain chronic diseases is higher in some immigrant groups.