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Report: Finland records highest mortality rate since 1940s

A total of 57,659 deaths were registered in Finland in 2021, the highest number since 1944.

Finland's mortality rate increased for the third year in a row in 2021. Image: YLE / Niina Mattus

The number of deaths and the general mortality rate in Finland was at its highest level in 2021 for nearly 80 years, according to a report published on Friday by Statistics Finland.

The agency revealed that a total of 57,659 deaths were reported last year, which is 2,171 more than one year earlier and an increase of 3.9 percent.

The 2021 death toll was also the highest figure since 70,570 fatalities were registered in 1944, during the Second World War.

Since the 1980s, Finland usually registers around 50,000 deaths per year but the number increased for the third year in a row in 2021.

Meanwhile the general mortality rate — which indicates the number of deaths per 1,000 persons of the mean population — increased to 10.4 in 2021 from exactly 10 in 2020, a rise of 4 percent.

The rate for 2021 is at its highest level since 1949 , when it hit 11.2.

The mortality rate also increased for the third year in a row last year, for the first time since the early 1990s.

The report also found that life expectancy for girls fell last year to 84.5 years, while life expectancy for boys rose very slightly, to 79.2 years.