Published: 14 April 2015

The number of children who died under the age of one year second lowest during our independence

In 2014, the number of deaths of children during their first year of life was 124. The number is the second lowest during Finnish independence. Twelve months previously the number was 102 children. Infant mortality per 1,000 live births was 2.2. Prior to 2014 and 2013, the lowest infant mortality rate was 2.3 per mil in 2010.

Children having died during their first year of life in 1990–2014

Children having died during their first year of life in 1990–2014

Finland's infant mortality rate was, on average, the second lowest in 2011 to 2013 compared with Nordic countries (Appendix figure 4). Iceland has a lower infant mortality rate than Finland, where it is 1.3 per mil. In 2014, Sweden's infant mortality rate was the same as Finland's.

The number of deaths in 2014 was 52,190, which is 710 more than in 2013. The number of deaths among women grew by 600 and among men by 120. The number of deaths has been higher only in the war years and in the 1920s. The number of deaths among women was last higher than this seventy years ago. If the war years are not taken into consideration, the number of deaths among men was last higher than this in 1929.

In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth grew by 0.3 for men and by 0.1 years for women. Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a person aged 0 would live provided the rate of mortality remains unchanged. The increased life expectancy at birth proves that despite the growing number of aged persons and the ageing of the population, mortality has decreased.

Annual number of deaths by sex and deaths of 0-year-olds in 2001–2014

    Year        Total       Men     Women   0-year-olds total
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
2011 50 585 25 335 25 250 143
2012 51 707 25 623 26 084 141
2013 51 472 25 631 25 841 102
2014 52 186 25 748 26 438 124

Source: Population and Cause of Death Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Matti Saari 029 551 3401, vaesto.tilasto@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 14.4.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Deaths [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2545. 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.4.2019].
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