Across Norfolk the average life expectancy is about 80 years for men and about 84 years for women. The average number of years a man or a woman can expect to live in good health is about 63.[8,9] For those who were 65 years old the life expectancy is estimated to be just over a further 19 years for males and almost 22 years for females. South Norfolk has the highest life expectancy with Great Yarmouth the lowest.
Deprivation and poverty influence the health and wellbeing of the population. The life expectancy gap between the most deprived areas of Norfolk and the least deprived areas is 7.0 years for men and 4.5 years for women. Along with deprivation other influences on life expectancy include socio-economic factors (income, education, housing), gender, the environment (air pollution, access to green space, where we live) as well as health lifestyle behaviours (smoking, alcohol, nutrition, physical activity, stress).
Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans (LGBT)
Religion & culture
Although the number of people in Norfolk identifying as Christian has fallen over the last decade, Christianity remains the main faith in the county. Numbers of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims have increased in the last decade, as have those with no religion.[18,19]
Norfolk has 47 libraries and offers a range of online services as well as mobile libraries and school library services. Norfolk Record Office and Heritage Centre provide archives of information relating to the county and it’s History. There are 12 museums across Norfolk including Norwich Castle, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Strangers Hall. Norfolk has various Theatres and music venues and hosts the Norfolk and Norwich Festival each year in May with events across the county in Classical Music, Outdoor, Performance and Visual Arts.
The Equality Act 2010 protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have.
Under the Equality Act 2010, there are nine protected characteristics:
- gender reassignment
- being married or in a civil partnership
- being pregnant or on maternity leave
- race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation