Infant mortality, stillbirths

Infant mortality has been declining slightly but steadily for many years whereas the stillbirth rate has remained relatively stable since the early 1990s.

Infant mortality and stillbirths


2017 2018 2019

Deaths of children in the first year of life

310 287 283

Infant mortality (per 1000 live births)

3,5 3,3 3,3


362 381 344

Stillbirth rate (per 1000 births)

4,1 4,3 4,0
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. Since the early 1990s, this decline could be attributed in particular to a reduction in deaths of children aged between one month and one year. Since 2010, the mortality in the first week of life decreases again slightly.

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