France: death rate 2004-2018

For years, death rate in France remained stable. In 2015, the number of deaths in France was of 9 nine per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 11.3 in Germany and 10.7 in Italy. Life expectancy in France amounted to more than 82 years in 2016, making the country one of the areas in Europe where women live the longest.

A slowly increasing death rate

From 2014 to 2018, death rate in France generally remained stable oscillating mostly between 8.3 and nine deaths per1,000 population. Its highest death rate was reached in 2018 with nine death per 1,000 population. Death rate, also known as mortality rate, is the ratio between the annual number of deaths and the average total population over a given time period and on a specific territory. In 2018, the population in France reached 64.73 million people, while the total number of deaths in France was of 601,000. Mortality rate in France increased slowly in recent years. In 2007, death rate amounted to 8.3 per thousand population, compared to 9.1 deaths ten years later.

Causes of death

In 2013, the leading cause of death among French citizens was cancer. That year, 163,602 people died of tumor, while diseases of the circulatory system were the second most common cause of death in the country. Mortality rate because of cancer was particularly high among French males, whereas females appear to be impacted by cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that cancer was not only the leading cause of death in France, but also in Europe. More broadly health and diseases were among the major causes of death in European countries, even if traffic accidents killed more than 3,440 individuals in France in 2017.
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Death rate in France from 2004 to 2018, per 1,000 population
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