Country Comparison > Death rate > TOP 20

RankCountryDeath rate (deaths/1,000 population)
1South Africa17.23
2Russia16.03
3Ukraine15.76
4Lesotho15.18
5Chad15.16
6Guinea-Bissau15.01
7Central African Republic14.71
8Afghanistan14.59
9Somalia14.55
10Bulgaria14.32
11Swaziland14.21
12Mali13.94
13Serbia13.81
14Niger13.76
15Belarus13.73
16Estonia13.6
17Latvia13.6
18Nigeria13.48
19Namibia13.09
20Gabon13.07

Definition: This entry gives the average annual number of deaths during a year per 1,000 population at midyear; also known as crude death rate. The death rate, while only a rough indicator of the mortality situation in a country, accurately indicates the current mortality impact on population growth. This indicator is significantly affected by age distribution, and most countries will eventually show a rise in the overall death rate, in spite of continued decline in mortality at all ages, as declining fertility results in an aging population.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Death rate map

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