This variable gives the average annual number of deaths during a year for every 1000 inhabitants, also known as gross mortality rate. The mortality rate, despite being only an approximate indicator of the mortality situation in a country, accurately indicates the current impact of mortality on population growth. This indicator is significantly affected by age distribution. Most countries will eventually show an increase in the overall mortality rate, despite the continued decline in mortality at all ages, as a decline in fertility rates results in an aging population.
The map shown here shows how mortality rates vary by country. The country's shadow corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the color, the higher the value.