Key indicator

Infant mortality rate

Infant mortality in the first year of life is one of the key indicators characterising demographic situation; during the recent years the indicator tends to reduce – from 8.5 infant deaths per 1 000 live births in 2007 to 4.1 in 2017.

Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births)

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In slightly more than 50 years European infant mortality rate has dropped on average 10 times – in 1961 the highest indicator was recorded in Portugal (88.8 infant deaths per 1 000 live births) and the lowest in the Netherlands (15.4), whereas in 2015 the highest indicator was observed in Romania (7.6) and the lowest in Slovenia (1.6). During the period, Latvian rate, as compared to other EU countries, has been close to both the highest and the lowest level.

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