The Office of National Statistics has today published a compendium of comparable statistics for Wales, England, Scotland and the Six Counties. They are available from this page, and should provide hours of interesting reading.
I've only just begun to look through them, but one statistic that caught my attention was healthy life expectancy.
I had thought that women living longer than men was something that was true everywhere. So I was quite surprised to see that healthy life expectancy is in fact equal for men and women in Wales. Elsewhere, women can expect a healthy life several years longer than that of men. On average 2 years longer in England, 2.7 years longer in the Six Counties and 4.3 years longer in Scotland.
Any suggestions as to why?