Idescat is publishing the standardized mortality rate (SMR) by age corresponding to the 2012-2016 period. The SMR in Catalonia was 832 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in the above period, slightly lower than the SMR in Spain (837) and that of the European Union (1,003).
Broken down by its eight territorial areas, the Metropolitan Area (821) has as lower death mortality rate than the average of Catalonia. However, in the areas of Girona Counties (846), El Camp de Tarragona (873), Ponent (857) and El Penedès (865) the death rate is higher. In the rest territorial areas (Les Terres de l'Ebre, Central Counties and L'Alt Pirineu i Aran) the death mortality rate does not differ significantly from the Catalonia average.
Idescat is publishing the SMR broken down by sex and two age groups (0 to 64 years and 65 years and above). From a territorial standpoint, data are offered by provinces, areas of the territorial Plan, counties and Aran, as well as municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.
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 european population. The current series of rates, beginning with the 2009-2013 period, is drawn up by five-yearly ages and calculated upon the basis of the 2013 European standard population defined by Eurostat.
The standardised mortality rate by age and the life tables are mortality indicators integrated in the Indicators of Life Expectancy and Health of the Population.