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Life Expectancy at Birth (2019): 81.3
Maternal Mortality Ratio (per 100,000 live births) (2017): 4
Neonatal Mortality Rate (per 1,000 live births) (2020): 3
Probability of Dying from any of Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory Diseases Between Age 30 and Exact Age 70 (%) (2019): 10.8%
Source: World health statistics 2022: monitoring health for the SDGs, sustainable development
goals. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
Life Expectancy at Birth, 2020: 81
Neonatal Mortality Rate (Deaths Per 1,000 Live Births), 2019: 3
Infant Mortality Rate (Deaths Per 1,000 Live Births), 2019: 3
Under-5 Mortality Rate (Deaths Per 1,000 Live Births), 2019: 4
Note: “Under-5 mortality rate – Probability of dying between birth and exactly 5 years of age, expressed per 1,000 live births.
“Infant mortality rate – Probability of dying between birth and exactly 1 year of age, expressed per 1,000 live births.
“Neonatal mortality rate – Probability of dying during the first 28 days of life, expressed per 1,000 live births.”
Source: United Nations Children’s Fund, The State of the World’s Children 2021: On My Mind – Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health, UNICEF, New York, October 2021.
Maternal Deaths Per 100,000 Live Births, 2020: 5
Source: Trends in maternal mortality 2000 to 2020: estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and UNDESA/Population Division. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2023. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
“In 2017, the life expectancy at birth of the Danish population was 81.1 years, close to the EU average (80.9 years). While life expectancy increased by four years between 2000 and 2017, it continues to be lower than in most other western European countries and in all Nordic countries (Figure 1).
“Danish women live almost four years longer than men (83.1 and 79.2 years, respectively), but this gender gap has narrowed by nearly one year since 2000 and is now below the EU average (5.2 years).”
Source: OECD/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2019), Denmark: Country Health Profile 2019, State of Health in the EU, OECD Publishing, Paris/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels.
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Page last updated March 2, 2023 by Doug McVay, Editor.