Published: 15 April 2010

Number of deaths went up slightly from the year before

In 2009, the number of deaths was 49,880, which is the highest figure in sixteen years. The number of deaths was 790 higher in 2009 than in 2008. The number of men’s deaths increased by 690 and that of women’s by 90. A higher number of women’s deaths was last recorded in 2003. If the war years are not taken into account, the number of men’s deaths was last higher than this in 1939.

Life expectancy of male and female children at age 0 in 1979–2009

Life expectancy of male and female children at age 0 in 1979–2009

Life expectancy went up fractionally for both of 0-year-old male and female children in 2009. The life expectancy of 0-year-olds indicates the number of years a person aged 0 would live provided that the rate of mortality remains unchanged. The increased life expectancy of 0-year-old male children proves that the grown number of deaths has been caused by a rise in the number of aged men and the ageing of the population rather than by a rise in the rate of mortality.

In 2009, the number of deaths of children during their first year of life was particularly low at 158. This was only one higher than a year earlier. The infant mortality figure for 2009 was the lowest during Finland’s independence. Infant mortality per 1,000 live births was 2.6.

Annual number of deaths in 2000–2009 by sex and deaths of 0-year-olds in 2000–2009

    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

In 2009 the number of deaths was highest in January. The highest number of deaths in January was last recorded in 2004. In 2005–2008, March was the commonest month of deaths.


Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari (09) 1734 3401

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 15.4.2010

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Deaths [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2545. 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.10.2014].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kuol/2009/kuol_2009_2010-04-15_tie_001_en.html.

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