Experimental statistics



Statistics Iceland publishes weekly figures on the number of deaths in 2021, 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 2021.


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 Corona virus (Covid-19) can be monitored in a timely manner and users can compare death rates across countries.

Weekly death figures for 2021 have been updated

Updated: 3 September 2021

An average of 45.6 people died each week in the first 32 weeks of the year 2021, or slightly more than in the first 32 weeks of the years 2017-2020, when 43.6 died on average.

The chart below shows a graph of weekly mortality trends in 2017 - 2021. 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 the next. It is interesting to note that in the age group 70 years and older, the trend of increase in deaths in 2021 was observed for weeks 26 to 32, while for the same weeks in 2017-2020 a decrease was seen.



Deaths - Weekly Data 210903 (xlsx)


It is worth pointing out that the number of deaths for 2021 are preliminary and likely to somewhat underestimate the true number of deaths, mainly due to late arrival of death notices.

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