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Table 1 Life expectancy at age 30 by four fixed educational levels and by educational quartiles, 1987 and 2011

From: Widening social inequality in life expectancy in Denmark. A register-based study on social composition and mortality trends for the Danish population

  Men Women
  Life expectancy Life expectancy
  1987 (years) 2011 (years) Difference (years) 1987 (years) 2011 (years) Difference (years)
Fixed educational level (ISCED)       
 Tertiary education (5, 6) 46.5 51.3 4.8 51.1 54.4 3.3
 Upper secondary (vocational or technical) education (3C, 4A) 43.5 48.3 4.8 49.7 52.8 3.1
 Upper secondary (gymnasium) education (3A) 44.6 49.0 4.4 49.4 52.6 3.2
 Primary and lower secondary education (1, 2) 41.7 44.9 3.2 47.4 49.7 2.3
 Difference between highest and lowest educational level 4.8 6.4 1.6 3.7 4.7 1.0
Educational quartile       
 Highest educational group 45.5 50.8 5.3 50.2 53.9 3.7
 Second highest educational group 43.4 48.3 4.9 49.1 52.6 3.5
 Second lowest educational group 42.6 48.0 5.4 47.6 51.3 3.7
 Lowest educational group 41.7 45.0 3.3 47.4 49.8 2.4
 Difference between highest and lowest educational quartile 3.8 5.8 2.0 2.8 4.1 1.3
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