Decline in number of suicide
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Causes of death (discontinued)2002

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Decline in number of suicide

In 2002 494 died of suicide, 362 men and 132 women – the lowest number since 1979. There was a 10 per cent decline from 2001.

Hanging and strangulation are the most commen way of committing suicide for both sexes, while shooting was most frequent for men. Women tend to commit suicide by intoxication

39 deaths caused by assaults

44 401 deaths were recorded in Norway in 2002. 42 114 died of diseases and 2 287 of external causes. Deaths by external causes are mainly due to falls, suicide and transport accidents – 856, 494 and 386 deaths respectively. The number of assaultsin 2002 was 39.

Diseases in the circulatory system, malignant neoplasm and diseases in the respiratory system caused 74 per cent of all deaths in 2002.

Diseases in the circulatory system caused 17 642 deaths, 8 321 men and 9 321 women. 44 per cent of all deaths in circulatory system are ischemic heart diseases (including myocardial infarction), while 24 per cent was due to vascular diseases. The decline in the circulatory system continued in 2002.

Death from malignant neoplasm in the digestive and respiratory organs was 48 per cent in 2002. The number of deaths due to malignant neoplasm in the female genital organs was 1 394, while 1 066 men died from malignant neoplasm in prostate. The total death rate of malignant neoplasm in all age group is still stable.

Deaths caused by diseases in the respiratory organs increased from 4 332 in 2001 to 4 669 in 2002. Pneumonia and chronic lower respiratory diseases such as COLS, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma caused close to 93 per cent of these deaths. It was predominantly women who died of these diseases.


Deaths caused by pneumonia and influenza, by age
  0-14 år 15-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99 100-119
Influenza 1 .       1 7 18 8  
Viral pneumonia   . . . 1 . 1 2 2 .
Bacterial pneumonia 1 . . . 1 4 3 6 2 .
Pneumonia, organism unspecified 1 . 2 1 16 38  322 1 296  832 29


The number of deaths caused by influenza was 35, 10 men and 25 women.

12 persons died from AIDS in 2002, 10 men and 2 women.

17 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome

A total of 186 persons 1 year and under died in 2002 – 92 males and 96 females. In the period 0-27 days after birth the number of deaths came to 132, while 54 deaths occurred in the period from 28 days to 11 months after birth. Congenital malformations and diseases and conditions that occurred in the perinatal period, made up 83 per cent of all deaths in the youngest age group and 46 per cent in the oldest age group.

Infant mortality per 1000 live births was 3.4 in 2002. The rate is still declining, with an exception in 2001 (4.0). The corresponding number was 3,8 in 2000.

Death cased by sudden infant death syndrome was 17, 13 males and 4 females.

Deaths caused by alcohol, narcotics and medication. 1998-2002

Decrease in deaths caused by opiates

The total number of deaths caused by alcohol, narcotics and medication amounted to 780 in 2002. The number of alcohol and alcohol related deaths have been stable the last years. There is a decrease in deaths caused by narcotics and medication, mostly opiatdeaths, 62 per cent down from 2001.

35 children died of malignant neoplasm

In total 213 children between 1-17 years died in 2002. Diseases caused 2 out of 3 deaths and the most frequent causes were malignant neoplasm and congenital malformations.

In 2 of 3 deaths only sources of information is death certificate

In 65 per cent of all deaths in 2002, the only sources of information were the death certificate. The main groups, where the underlying cause of death is based on this information are diseases in the genitourinary system, the respiratory system, diseases in the skin and the subcutaneous tissue and the circulatory system.

The autopsy frequency in some groups

The frequency of autopsy is highest of deaths in pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium and at conditions originating in the perinatal period, as well as at external causes of morbidity and mortality (respectively 100 and 40 per cent). For the perinatal period the frequency of autopsy was 24.2 per cent, and for all deaths caused by mental and behavioural disorders the per cent of autopcy is 21,7.

In cases where the information on the Death Certificate, autopsy report or other documents is unclear or insufficient the Cause of Death Registry is asking the drawer of the document in written for further information. These cases constituted 1.1 per cent of all deaths.

The Cause of Death Registry is cooperating with The Cancer Registry and The Medical Birth Registry of Norway with extending information about diagnoses. Close to 95 per cent of all deaths caused by neoplasm was confirmed due to the cooperation with The Cancer Registry. Birth Certificates from The Medical Birth Registry was linked to the Death Certificates close to 100 per cent for the children at the age of one year or less.