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
2018 Deaths Mortality rates1
 

Men

Women

Men

Women

All causes of death

32 398

34 690

492,1

344,4

Infectious diseases

374

432

5,6

4,0

9 545

7 815

149,1

101,1

   Colon2

617

496

9,6

5,8

   Lung

1 988

1 330

32,3

18,7

   Breast

10

1 409

0,2

18,9

Diabetes mellitus

574

578

8,3

5,1

Dementia

2 004

4 450

26,3

33,5

9 418

11 178

134,6

91,4

   Total heart disease

7 438

8 627

106,3

69,1

      Ischemic heart disease

3 793

3 054

54,9

25,3

   Cerebral vascular disease

1 444

2 028

20,4

17,4

Total respiratory diseases

2 395

2 228

33,8

21,1

Alcoholic liver cirrhosis

278

138

5,0

2,4

2 233

1 687

40,0

20,4

   Accidents

1 409

1 336

23,6

13,6

   Suicide

712

290

14,3

5,7

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

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