Country Comparison > Death rate > TOP 20

RankCountryDeath rate (deaths/1,000 population)
1South Africa17.49
2Ukraine15.72
3Lesotho14.91
4Chad14.56
5Guinea-Bissau14.54
6Bulgaria14.3
7Afghanistan14.12
8Central African Republic14.11
9Somalia13.91
10Russia13.83
11Swaziland13.75
12Serbia13.71
13Estonia13.69
14Latvia13.6
15Namibia13.6
16Belarus13.51
17Botswana13.32
18Mali13.22
19Nigeria13.16
20Gabon13.13

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, 2014

See also: Death rate map

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