Number of deaths in Sweden 2010-2020

The number of deaths in Sweden in 2020 amounted to 42,402 as of May 22. Several of the deaths in 2020 were related to the coronavirus epidemic. The highest number of coronavirus deaths were among individuals age 70 and older. Sweden was the Nordic country that reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 2020 so far.

The most common causes of death in 2018

The most common cause of death in 2018 was diseases of the circulatory system (cardiovascular diseases), which caused just over 31 thousand deaths. This was followed by neoplasms (cancerous tumors) and diseases of the respiratory system.  

Ischemic heart disease

Among the diseases in the circulatory system, the one that caused the most deaths was chronic ischemic heart disease. Chronic ischemic heart disease is when the blood flow to the heart is reduced, due to that the arteries of the heart are blocked. In 2018, 59.6 per hundred thousand inhabitants died due to ischemic heart disease.

Number of deaths in Sweden from 2010 to 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2020

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