Causes of death in the Netherlands 2017

Causes of death in the Netherlands in 2017*

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited May 31, 2019
Causes of death in the Netherlands 2017 In 2017, just over 150,000 people passed away in the Netherlands. The most common causes of death were neoplasms, diseases of the circulatory system as well as diseases of the respiratory system. By comparison, fatal diseases of the skin and complications of pregnancy and childbirth were not very common.
 Differences between men and women

  The two most important causes of death in the Netherlands were the same for both genders, although neoplasms were more common among men, and diseases of the circulatory system were more common among women. Some causes of death were more common among a certain gender though. For example, over twice as many women as men died from musculoskeletal diseases (807, vs. 366)

 Comparison with neighboring Belgium

  In neighboring country Belgium, the most common causes of death were also cardiovascular diseases and neoplasms. In Belgium, nearly 28,600 people died of neoplasms in 2016, the most recent available year. In the Netherlands, this was the cause of death of just over 46,500 people.
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Causes of death in the Netherlands in 2017*

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Cause of deathNumber of deaths
Neoplasms46,532
Diseases of the circulatory system38,119
Diseases of the respiratory system12,952
Mental and behavioural disorders12,581
Diseases of the nervous system8,476
External causes of injury and poisoning7,969
Symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions6,283
Diseases of the digestive system4,473
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 3,563
Diseases of the genitourinary system3,305
Infectious and parasitic diseases3,131
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue1,173
Blood/bloodforming organs and immune mechanism diseases510
Congenital anomalies471
Conditions originating in the perinatal period374
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue299
Complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium3
Cause of deathNumber of deaths
Neoplasms46,532
Diseases of the circulatory system38,119
Diseases of the respiratory system12,952
Mental and behavioural disorders12,581
Diseases of the nervous system8,476
External causes of injury and poisoning7,969
Symptoms, signs and ill-defined conditions6,283
Diseases of the digestive system4,473
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 3,563
Diseases of the genitourinary system3,305
Infectious and parasitic diseases3,131
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue1,173
Blood/bloodforming organs and immune mechanism diseases510
Congenital anomalies471
Conditions originating in the perinatal period374
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue299
Complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium3
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by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited May 31, 2019
In 2017, just over 150,000 people passed away in the Netherlands. The most common causes of death were neoplasms, diseases of the circulatory system as well as diseases of the respiratory system. By comparison, fatal diseases of the skin and complications of pregnancy and childbirth were not very common.
 Differences between men and women

  The two most important causes of death in the Netherlands were the same for both genders, although neoplasms were more common among men, and diseases of the circulatory system were more common among women. Some causes of death were more common among a certain gender though. For example, over twice as many women as men died from musculoskeletal diseases (807, vs. 366)

 Comparison with neighboring Belgium

  In neighboring country Belgium, the most common causes of death were also cardiovascular diseases and neoplasms. In Belgium, nearly 28,600 people died of neoplasms in 2016, the most recent available year. In the Netherlands, this was the cause of death of just over 46,500 people.
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