Death rate for under 40s continues to decrease ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A cemetery in Setomaa
A cemetery in Setomaa Source: ERR

The overall number of deaths in Estonia stood at 15,198 in 2019, down 408 on year, according to the National Institute for Health Development.

A little over half of all deaths - 8,750 - resulted from cardiovascular ailments, with the second largest cause (3,804) being malignant tumors. Accidents, traumas and poisonings were reported to be the third major cause of death (786).

The overall number of HIV-related deaths decreased by nearly a fifth on year, from 48 in 2018 to 39 in 2019. The number of suicides decreased for a second year in a row, from 226 in 2017 and 196 in 2018 to 193 last year.

A total of 338 people died before the age of 40 in 2019, down by 31 on year. Accidents, traumas and poisonings accounted for 154 deaths in that age category. 

Deaths in this age category have decreased significantly in the last ten years - 564 people died before the age of 40 in 2014, 727 in 2009.

The figures and tables can be seen on the Health Statistics and Health Research Database website (link in Estonian).

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