Published: 15 April 2011

Number of deaths went up from the year before

In 2010, the number of deaths was 50,890, which is the highest figure in seventeen years. The number of deaths was 1,000 higher in 2010 than in 2009. The number of deaths increased by 390 among men and by 610 among women. A higher number of women’s deaths was last recorded in 2002. If the war years are not taken into account, the number of men’s deaths was last higher than this in 1929.

Life expectancy of male and female children at age 0 in 1980–2010

Life expectancy of male and female children at age 0 in 1980–2010

Life expectancy went up fractionally for both 0-year-old male and female children in 2010. The preliminary figure of the life expectancy of 0-year-olds was for men 76,7 and for women 83,2 years. The life expectancy of 0-year-olds indicates the number of years a person aged 0 would live provided the rate of mortality remains unchanged. The grown life expectancy of men and women at age 0 proves that the increase in the number of deaths has been caused by grown numbers of aged men and women, and the ageing of the population, rather than by risen rate of mortality.

In 2010, the number of children having died during their first year of life was particularly low at 140. The infant mortality figure for 2010 was the lowest during Finland’s independence. Infant mortality per 1,000 live births was 2.3.

Annual number of deaths in 2000–2010 by sex and deaths of 0-year-olds in 2000–2010

    Year        Total       Men     Women   0-year-olds
2000      49 339      24 053      25 286      213
2001 48 550 23 783 24 787 181
2002 49 418 23 992 25 426 168
2003 48 996 23 922 25 074 176
2004 47 600 23 802 23 798 191
2005 47 928 24 057 23 871 174
2006 48 065 24 315 23 750 167
2007 49 077 24 809 24 268 161
2008 49 094 24 457 24 637 157
2009 49 883 25 150 24 733 158
2010 50 887 25 539 25 348 140

The number of deaths was highest in December and the second highest in January, which had the highest number of deaths in the previous year. In 2005–2008, March had the highest number of deaths. The numbers of deaths in July and August last year were the highest since the war years.


Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari (09) 1734 3401, vaesto.tilasto@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 15.4.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Deaths [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2545. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 15.10.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kuol/2010/kuol_2010_2011-04-15_tie_001_en.html