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Iceland Boasts World’s Lowest Infant Mortality Rate

Nowhere in the world was the infant mortality rate lower than in Iceland in 2007—1.5 deaths per every 1,000 live births—according to Landshagir 2009, the statistical yearbook of Statistics Iceland, published today.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In Europe, the infant mortality rate was highest in Turkey—16.7 per 1,000 live births, as stated on the website of Statistics Iceland.

Natural increase, that is, births in excess to deaths, measured 0.84 percent in Iceland in 2007, placing the country second among European states. Ireland boasted the highest rate of natural increase in Europe, 0.98 percent.

The statistical yearbook contains a wealth of information on social and economic indicators in Iceland.

Click here to read more about its findings.

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