Girls born today and two decades ago are more likely to live longer than those born 80 years ago, new UK government figures have indicated.
A baby girl born today is eight times more likely to live to 100 years than one born 80 years ago, according to the figure.
The analysis also shows that 20-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents, and twice as likely as their parents.
The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that women have a far greater chance of reaching 100 than men.
A girl born this year has a 33.7 percent chance of reaching 100, while a boy has a 26 percent chance of doing so.
Ministers will use the information to argue that reform of pensions is vital and more people must take provision for their retirement seriously.
"These figures show just how great the differences in life expectancy between generations really are," the Telegraph quoted Steve Webb, the pensions minister, as saying.
"The dramatic speed at which life expectancy is changing means that we need to radically rethink our perceptions about our later lives.
"We simply can't look to our grandparents' experience of retirement as a model for our own. We will live longer and we will have to save more," he added.