Published: 27 April 2009

Number of deaths in 2008 unchanged from the year before

In 2008, the number of deaths was 49,090, which is the highest figure in six years. The number of deaths was 1,000 higher in 2008 than in 2006. The number of deaths decreased by 350 among men and increased by 370 among women. A higher number of deaths than in 2008 was last recorded for women in 2003. The number of deaths among men was last lower than in 2008 two years ago.

March was the commonest month for deaths. A month other than March was last the commonest month for deaths in 2004 when the largest number of deaths occurred in January.

In 2008, the number of deaths of children during their first year of life was particularly low at 157. In 2008, the infant mortality figure was the lowest during Finland’s independence. Infant mortality per 1,000 live births was 2.6.

Annual number of deaths in 2000–2008 by sex and deaths of 0-year-olds in 2008–2008

    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

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 27.4.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Deaths [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2545. 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.10.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kuol/2008/kuol_2008_2009-04-27_tie_001_en.html