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High Life Expectancy, Low Infant Mortality Rate

In 2010, 2,017 persons died in Iceland, 1,063 men and 954 women. The crude death rate was 6.3 per 1,000 inhabitants which was the same as in 2009. Infant mortality rate in Iceland was 2.2 per 1,000 live births in 2010.


From Laugardalur in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Life expectancy of males in 2010 was 79.5 years, but 83.5 years for females in 2010, as stated on the website of Statistics Iceland.

Infant mortality in Iceland was lower than in any other European country in 2009, 1.8 per 1,000 live births compared with 4.3 in the European Union. Slovenia came closest to Iceland with an infant mortality rate of 2.4.

The infant mortality rate was between 2.5 and 3.1 in the other Nordic countries. In 2009 the infant mortality rate in the European countries was highest in Turkey, with 15.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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