Specific causes of death

The majority of deaths are due to a few causes of death: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, accidents and other acts of violence, as well as dementia. Sex and age influence the ranking of these causes.

Main causes of death
2016 Deaths Mortality rates1
 

Men

Women

Men

Women

All causes of death

31 283

33 681

508.0

351.5

Infectious diseases

 359

393

5.9

4.1

9 371

7 830

155.6

105.8

   Colon2

603

533

9.8

6.5

   Lung

1 948

1 298

33.3

19.6

   Breast

6

1 405

0.1

19.7

Diabetes mellitus

573

701

9.0

6.5

Dementia

1 789

3 975

25.6

31.5

9 357

11 355

144.3

98.1

   Total heart disease

7 432

8 690

114.9

74.0

      Ischemic heart disease

3 854

3 136

60.1

27.3

   Cerebral vascular disease

1 381

2 097

20.9

18.8

Total respiratory diseases

2 183

1 925

33.4

18.9

Alcoholic liver cirrhosis

312

129

5.8

2.3

2 173

1 542

40.6

18.6

   Accidents

1 329

1 223

23.3

12.2

   Suicide

759

257

15.5

5.2

1 age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 inhabitants
2 ICD-10: C18
Source: CoD

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