Published: 28 April 2017

Number of deaths increased from the previous year

Corrected on 10 May 2017 . The correction is indicated in red.

In 2016, a total of 53,923 persons died, which is the largest number since 1944. The previous record year after the 1940s was 2015, from which the number of deaths now grew by another 1,431. Altogether, 501 more women and 930 more men died than in 2015.

Deaths in 1930 to 2016

Deaths in 1930 to 2016

Most deaths occurred in January, December and March. January’s 5,336 deaths were the largest number of deaths in January since 1944. Last time more than 5,000 deaths occurred in one month was in December 2003.

In 2016, a total of 100 children died during their first year. The number of children dying at the age of under one year, that is, infant mortality, was nearly the same as in 2015, when 97 children died. In 2016, infant mortality per one thousand live-born children was 1.9 which is 0.2 per mil points higher than in the previous year. Even though the number of infant deaths remained almost unchanged, infant mortality is higher due to a lower number of live births. In 2013 to 2015, Finland's average infant mortality was smallest compared with other Nordic and Western European countries.

Deaths at the age of under one year in 1990 to 2016

Deaths at the age of under one year in 1990 to 2016

In 2016, the average life expectancy at birth was 78.4 years for boys and 84.1 years for girls. Men’s average life expectancy decreased by 0.1 years and women’s remained unchanged from 2015. Men’s average life expectancy has grown steadily since the 1980s, though there was a similar minor drop in 1995 from the year before. Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a person aged 0 would live provided the rate of mortality remains unchanged.

Annual number of deaths by sex and deaths of 0-year-olds in 2002 to 2016

Year Total Men Women 0-year-olds
total
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
2015 52 492 25 992 26 500 97
2016 53 923 26 922 27 001 100

Source: Deaths 2016. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Katariina Heikkilä 029 551 3638, Matti Saari 029 551 3401, info@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 28.4.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Deaths [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2545. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.10.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kuol/2016/kuol_2016_2017-04-28_tie_001_en.html

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