Idescat updates the standardised mortality rate by age, which has been calculated on the basis of European Standard Population published by Eurostat in 2013. The figure for 2013 has been calculated using information on deaths and populations of the five-year period 2011-2015.
In 2013, the standardised mortality rate in Catalonia was 844,8 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure lower than the standardised mortality rate in Spain (848.3) and that of the European Union as a whole (1,020.9).
Broken down by its eight territorial areas, the metropolitan area has a significantly lower death mortality rate than the average of Catalonia. However, in the regions of Camp de Tarragona, Ponent and Penedès the death rate is significantly higher. In the rest territorial areas (Girona Counties, Les Terres de l'Ebre, Central Counties, L'Alt Pirineu and I Aran) the death mortality rate does not differ significantly from the Catalonia average.
The standardised mortality rate (SMR) by age is the number of deaths (expressed per 100,000 people) that occur within a given territory according to the mortality rate by sex and age of the territory in question and with the age structure of a standard population. Idescat is publishing SMR for the whole of the population and for the two age group (0–64, 65 and over) for men, women and both sexs. From a territorial standpoint, data are offered for the population of Catalonia as a whole, its provinces, the eight regions of the Territorial Plan, the counties and municipalities of over 50,000 people.
The standardised mortality rate by age and the life tables are mortality indicators integrated in the Natural Movement of the Population.