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
2017 Deaths Mortality rates1
 

Men

Women

Men

Women

All causes of death

32 405 34 566 513.0 349.0

Infectious diseases

 360  446 5.7 4.4
9 523 7 772 154.0 102.0

   Colon2

 598  579 9.4 6.9

   Lung

2 011 1 299 33.7 19.0

   Breast

 12 1 350 0.2 18.6

Diabetes mellitus

 656  599 9.9 5.3

Dementia

2 079 4 509 28.9 34.8
9 589 11 453 143.0 96.0

   Total heart disease

7 567 8 870 114.0 73.2

      Ischemic heart disease

3 907 3 203 59.4 27.3

   Cerebral vascular disease

1 462 2 063 21.4 18.1

Total respiratory diseases

2 328 2 321 34.5 22.3

Alcoholic liver cirrhosis

 299  122 5.6 2.1
2 189 1 545 40.6 18.7

   Accidents

1 324 1 210 23.1 12.0

   Suicide

 773  270 15.6 5.6
1 age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 inhabitants
2 ICD-10: C18
Source: CoD

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