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

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

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.


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:

The figure for 2020 is from here:

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