Neoplasms most common cause of death
The most common causes of death in 2020 were neoplasms and diseases of the circulatory system, which made approximately 47,100 and 36,600 victims respectively. That year, two women died as a result of pregnancy complications and childbirth in the Netherlands. Fatal skin diseases were relatively rare as well, with 323 deaths.
The Netherlands has a birth excess: each year the number of live births exceeds the number of deaths in the country. Although some 171,000 people died in 2021, the birth of nearly 179,400 babies meant the Netherlands still had a birth excess of over 8,500. In the last decade, the birth excess dropped considerably though, from nearly 50,000 people in 2008 to under 9,000 in 2021.