Mortality, causes of death

The mortality statistics survey the number of deaths, the cause of death statistics survey the causes behind these (see "specific causes of death"). Following a long stable phase, the number of deaths has increased again since the mid 2000s. In contrast, the standardised mortality rate continues to fall and has more than halved since 1970.

Mortality

Year

Number of deaths

Standardised mortality rate1

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

2017

32 406

34 565

513 349
2016

31 283

 33 681

  508   352

2015

32 646

34 960

  547

  367

2014

30 950

32 988

534

356

2013

31 257

33 704

555

371

1 Standardised mortality rate by age per 100,000 inhabitants Source: BEVNAT, CoD

Continuous registration of deaths

On the basis of the weekly numbers of death, periods with excess mortality can be detected. The number of deaths is currently within the limits of the statistically expected values. For information on the method, see the media release below.

Number of deaths and mortality rates

For three decades, the annual number of deaths was around 60,000. In recent years, it has increased. In 2012, for the first time over 64,000 deaths were recorded. Whereas the number of deaths of persons aged under 80 is decreasing, the trend is the opposite for persons aged over 80. This can be explained by the increasing number of elderly persons. A continuous decline in the standardised mortality rates by age can be observed with exceptions in the years 1990 and 2015.

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Specific causes of death

Leading causes of death by age and sex; premature mortality and potential years of life lost

Infant mortality, stillbirths

Trends in the infant mortality rate and the stillbirth rate

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