UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: Tuesday, May 29th, 301 AP.

Utanian life tables available

Utanian insurance Actuaries are celebrating tonight: they have at last Utanian, not Guwimith Empire, life tables for the Utanian population, providing facts like the average life expectancy from birth for Utanians is 67.56 years, and that the mortality rate in Utania is 9.3 per 1,000 population.

Life tables determine the number of years, on average, an individual has remaining of life at a given age. This allows actuaries to establish the rules for life insurance, what premiums will be based on the average person in the life table. For example, the Utanian life table states that a 33 year old Utanian has a 97.83% chance of reaching his/her 40th birthday.

The calculations are made purely based on mortality rates at each age the Utanian population reaches. For example, 1,783 Utanians died at the age of 33 in the twelve months to census date, January 31st. As there was 585,310 Utanians aged 33 last year, the mortality rate is 3 per 1,000. The odds of a 33 year old reaching their 34th birthday is therefore 99.7%. It is an invaluable tool for insurance companies, and finally officially opens the Utanian Life Insurance industry.

However, the release was not without controversy. While seperate life tables will be provided for males and females in Utania, no distinction is permitted on the basis of race. So declared President Okarvits, instructing the Census Bureau to remove the offending life tables from today's book release. Utani nationalists approve, but insurance lobby groups and non-Utani do not approve.

"There is no shortage of proof that Utani have significantly shorter life spans than non-Utani, yet the government is expecting the non-Utani to bear that cost", said Paul Williams of Utanian Insurance giant Welbar Insurance. "There is simply no way this will continue, and we will find that non-Utani will drop their policies forcing companies to insure only the accident prone Utani."

The government was unsympathetic. Utani MPs said that "it was unacceptable to force Utani to pay higher premiums for their insurance when the affluence of their efforts over the past two hundred years is the sole reason non-Utani are living so long."

With the release of the Life tables came mortality figures and the also invaluable "Mortality by Cause" tables. 435,399 Utanians died last year, almost 80,000 of them in accidents. Pnuemonia and tuberculosis also claimed almost 100,000 victims, while cancer and heart disease, the leading causes of death in the first world, claimed only 60,000 Utanians last year. Automobile and work-related accidents claim the highest numbers of accident victims, roughly 25,000 each. The majority of work-related accidents were farming accidents, though almost 12,000 related to industrial, mining and other non-farm work-related accidents.

Minister for Health, Phillip Stanton put the industrial sector on notice, today, saying that the Department of Health would begin to "thoroughly investigate" every industrial death and a system of fines would be introduced for unsafe working practises.

Life expectancy for women was significantly higher for women than men. Women could expect to live 71.5 years, while men would live only 63.6 years.

©UPA, 301 AP.

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