Life Expectancy in German Counties

People in the South Live Longer than those in the North

People do not reach the same age everywhere in Germany. Roland Rau calculated the average life expectancy for men and women in all 402 German  counties. He discovered that the numbers varied by more than five years and attributed that difference to poverty.  More



Online Seminar Talk

Regional Mortality Analysis during the Outbreak of COVID-19: Two Case Studies

Ugofilippo Basellini, research scientist at the Digital and Computational Demography Laboratory investigates regional differences in COVID-19 mortality by analyzing two different case studies: Italy and England &Wales.  More

All Events

New Issue 3/2020 available

The Quarterly German Newsletter

Introduction to our research groups

Digital and Computational Demography


How individual diseases affect the life expectancy of the entire population

Better safe than sorry. With diseases, this applies not only to each and every one of us, but also to society as a whole. Life expectancy in Western Europe could soon stop rising if more and more people with a history of illness were to live.  More

Selected Publications

Alexander, M.; Polimis, K.; Zagheni, E.:

The impact of Hurricane Maria on out-migration from Puerto Rico: evidence from Facebook data   Population and Development Review 45:3, 617–630. (2019)

Mehta, N. K.; Abrams, L. R.; Myrskylä, M.:

US life expectancy stalls due to cardiovascular disease, not drug deaths   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:13, 6998–7000. (2020)

More Publications

Media Coverage

Covid-19 experts at MPIDR

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

Corona related research

That is what our researchers are investigating

In short statements, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) explain the issues they are currently investigating in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic. +++Latest update: October, 13+++  More


What is Demography?

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms

Postdoc Stipend

Viorela Diaconu receives postdoc stipend from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Thanks to the funding from the foundation, Viorela Diaconu will further expand her research at MPIDR. She investigates socioeconomic inequalities in mortality among the elderly in Europe.  More

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.