Specific causes of death

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

Main causes of death
2019 Deaths Mortality rates1
 

Men

Women

Men

Women

All causes of death

32 756

35 024

488.3

341.9

Infectious diseases

365

450

5.4

4.1

9 322

7 870

142.8

99.5

   Colon2

586

555

8.9

6.5

   Lung

1 847

1 387

29.2

19.4

   Breast

4

1 414

0.1

18.6

Diabetes mellitus

611

549

8.6

4.8

Dementia

2 079

4 524

26.6

33.8

9 114

10 787

128.1

87.4

   Total heart disease

7 154

8 231

100.8

65.6

      Ischemic heart disease

3 788

2 997

54.4

24.9

   Cerebral vascular disease

1 387

2 002

19.1

16.9

Total respiratory diseases

2 366

2 195

33.0

20.8

Alcoholic liver cirrhosis

268

142

4.7

2.4

2 158

1 619

38.3

18.3

   Accidents

1 298

1 262

21.3

11.7

   Suicide

742

276

14.6

5.3

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

Provisional results of the Cause of death statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cause of death reporting takes place following coding according to the WHO’s ICD-10 classification system. In accordance with international custom, reporting is done on an annual basis, which allows regional and temporal comparisons to be made. As usual, these statistics will continue to be produced for each year.

In order to produce timely information on causes of death with regard to mortality related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSO is currently accelerating the coding and publication process.

This means that from the calendar year 2020 onwards, the provisional results of the Cause of Death Statistics will be published continuously, depending on the current coding status. Taking account of COVID-19 as main and accompanying cause, the Cause of Death Statistics will be reported for each individual month. Due to expected late registrations and outstanding data, the results are provisional.

The following tables are published, each by month and sex:
(1) Most important causes of death with COVID-19 as concomitant disease
(2) Deaths with COVID-19 as main cause, with concomitant causes
(3) COVID-19 deaths according to the FSO population database and FOPH reporting system

The tables can be found on the website in German or French.

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