It may not be fair to throw Finland in there, but if the excuse is hard-drinking and being northerly, Finland has that in excess, and they are beating all those other countries in life expectancy. So that’s not the difference.
Note that all the ex-Soviet states except Russia and Ukraine also had the post-USSR fall from 1989-1994… but started their mortality improvement in 1994, as opposed to a decade later.
Poland started doing well the moment communism went away. Isn’t that interesting?
But I want to note that Ukraine and Russia are lagging the comparable countries hugely. To be sure, Russia is huge, and includes Siberia, which is not the most congenial of locations. But Ukraine doesn’t have the excuse of Siberia.
Both places, in short, suck when it comes to mortality.
Author(s): Mary Pat Campbell
Publication Date: 27 Feb 2022
Publication Site: STUMP at substack