When it comes to health, life expectancy in Croatia has been prolonged for almost three years; however, it is still below the EU average.
According to data, the life expectancy in Croatia was 77.5 years in 2015, but it was shorter than the EU average of 80.6 years. It is interesting to note that the life expectancy for women in Croatia was 81 years, whilst for men it was 75 years in 2015.
As a population, Croats mostly suffer and die from cardiovascular diseases and cancer, which cause 76 percent of all deaths. Compared to the EU average, the death rate caused by cardiovascular diseases in Croatia is almost twice as high as the EU average. Unfortunately, the devastating data also shows that the death rate caused by lung, breast and colon cancer is among the highest in the European Union.
One of the important indicators is the infant mortality rate, which was 4.6 children per 1,000 live births in 2015 and was among the highest in the European Union with the average infant mortality rate of 3.6 children.