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CSB starts to publish weekly data on the number of deaths in Latvia

With the rapid increase in the number of deaths in Latvia, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) is starting to publish weekly data on the number of deaths. Data are published in breakdown by sex, by age (each group by five years) and by region.

Data on the weekly number of deaths will be published on the Official Statistics Portal every Wednesday at 1 pm.

In the period from 2016 to 2019, the highest average number of deaths per week was observed in the first half of each year. In 2020, this tendency did not recur, but the number of deaths due to Covid-19 increased sharply in the last two months of the year. The increase in mortality rate compared to previous years continues in 2021. In the first week of the year, 836 deaths were registered, but in the second week - 815 deaths.

The average weekly number of deaths of the period from 2016 to 2019 and the provisional weekly number of deaths of 2020 and 2021
(number by actual date of death; there were 53 weeks in 2020, and 52 weeks in 2016-2019)

Weakly deaths

Data on the number of deaths may be updated. The CSB publishes data on the 17th day after the end of the reference week. The death must be reported to the registry office no later than six working days after the occurrence of death or after the deceased is found. 

Statistics on weekly number of deaths after the actual date of death have been published since 2000 Data for 2020 will be adjusted in May of this year to also include those Latvian nationals who died while staying abroad.

Eurostat database, the database of the statistical office of the European Union, is available to compare mortality tendencies with other European countries.


Media requests:
Communication Section
Phone: +371 67366
621, +371 27880666

More information on data:
Ruta Beināre
Social Statistics Methodology Section
Phone: +371 67366806


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