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Annual death totals in Scotland for the last 5 years: FOI release

Published: 12 Feb 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
12 Feb 2021
Annual death totals in Scotland for the last 5 years: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000128465
Date received: 21 Dec 2020
Date responded: 30 Dec 2020
Information requested

Yearly death totals in Scotland for the last 5 years up-to and including today’s date (21/12). This is the total number of deaths regardless of cause of death.

Response

I enclose a copy of almost all of the information you requested (the statistics only go up to the 20th December of this year):

  • 2016 (full year) -  56,718
  • 2017 (full year) - 57,872
  • 2018 (full year)  - 58,202
  • 2019 (full year)  - 57,691
  • 2020 (up to 20th December)  - 62,415

National Records of Scotland publish figures for deaths. I sourced the figures from 2016-2019 from a spreadsheet here: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/general-publications/weekly-and-monthly-data-on-births-and-deaths/deaths-involving-coronavirus-covid-19-in-scotland/related-statistics

The figure for 2020 is from here: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/covid19stats

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