Infant mortality, stillbirths

Infant mortality has declined only slightly in recent years whereas the stillbirth rate has remained relatively stable since the early 1990s.

Infant mortality and stillbirths


2015 2016 2017

Deaths of children in the first year of life

  331   316 310

Infant mortality (per 1000 live births)

3,9 3,6 3,5


  357   371 362

Stillbirth rate (per 1000 births)

4,1 4,2 4,1
Source: BEVNAT

Until the early 1980s, the falling infant mortality rate was mainly due to a decline in deaths in the first week of life. By the start of the 1990s, this decline could be attributed in particular to a reduction in deaths of children aged between one month and one year.

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