Experimental statistics



Statistics Iceland publishes weekly figures on the number of deaths in 2021 and 2022, based on reports from Registers Iceland. The data provide a good estimate of the development of the death rate over the year, although some underestimation is expected in the latest figures on the number of deaths in 2021, mainly due to death notices arriving late to Registers Iceland. Weekly deaths will be published quarterly in 2022.


Only those with domicile in Iceland at the time of death are counted and the figures are broken down by week, age and sex.


Due to high demand for data, both internationally and domestically, Statistics Iceland releases statistics on the number of deaths for 2017-2021 by weeks. In this way, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can be monitored in a timely manner and users can compare death rates across countries.

Weekly death figures for 2022 have been updated

Updated: 3 November 2022

An average of 52.4 people died each week in 2022, more than in 2017-2021, when 43.6 died on average. In the ninth week (February 28 to March 6, 2022), 78 individuals died, which is the highest value of a single week for the period 2017-2022. Most people in the age group 90 years and older died during the first 36 weeks of 2017-2022. The most common age of deaths in the first 36 weeks of 2022 was 90 years compared with 87 years for the same weeks in the years 2017-2021.

The chart below shows a graph of weekly mortality trends in 2017-2022. To better illustrate weekly mortality trends, the graph is based on a 10-week moving average rather than showing the raw data. In this way, it is easier to compare trends between years, as weekly mortality rates are generally very low for Iceland and the numbers fluctuate considerably from one week to another.


Deaths - Weekly Data 031122 (xlsx)


It is worth pointing out that the number of deaths for 2022 are preliminary and likely to somewhat underestimate the true number of deaths, mainly due to late arrival of death notices. The average population of each year was used for division for the calculation of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

More metadata about statistics of deaths can be found here: Metadata about the dead

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For further information please contact+354 528 1030. E-mail: population@statice.is