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Causes of death

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF)
The statistics on causes of death describe the causes of death of persons living in Finland by age, gender and other demographic factors. The data are compiled from the Population Information System and death certificates and published once a year.


Statistics Finland


Changes in the database tables in these statistics. New tables will be published on 9 December 2022 and old tables will be transferred to the archive.
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Database tables


According to Statistics Finland, 287 persons died from drugs in Finland in 2021, which was 29 more than in the previous year. In 2021, the number of drug-related deaths was higher than ever before in the measuring history, that is, since 2006. Deaths increased most in the age group 30 to 44. The median age of those dying from drugs rose from 31 to 35 years.

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review | Causes of death 2021

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See key statistical data in the figures.

Statistical experts

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Airi Pajunen
Senior Statistician
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Referencing instructions

Referencing instructions

Are you looking for previously published statistical data?

The statistical data released before 5.4.2022 can be found on the archive pages of the statistics.

Go to the archive page