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Definition of concepts

Deaths
Death of a person born alive. Until 1974 this was considered to be the death of a person who had lived for 24 hours.
Most tables reflect the municipality of residence of the deceased, which is the most significant variable, as opposed to the place where it is registered, as most deaths occur in health centres that could be located in a municipality that could be different to that of residence. However, it was only in 1991 that it was authorised that deaths should be registered in the municipality of residence of the deceased.
Life expectancy at birth
Average number of years that a person can be expected to live if the mortality conditions by age are maintained as observed for a specific year. It is calculated using the extinction table of a stationary population.
The data for the year 2012 and beyond are taken from the life tables calculated by the Department of Health. The data for previous years are taken from the life tables drawn up by Idescat, which are calculated upon the basis of the five-year averages in which the table's reference year corresponds to the middle year of the period.
Infant mortality
Deaths at less than 1 year of age.
Mortality of children under 5 years
Probability of death from birth to the age of 5 years.
Neonatal mortality
Deaths at less than 28 days of age.
Perinatal mortality
Stillbirths and deaths at less than 7 days of ages.
Postneonatal mortality
Deaths produced between 28 and 365 days of age.

Methodological aspects

The Death Statistics provide information on the deaths of people residing in Catalonia according to their demographic and social characteristics.

Idescat carries out this statistical operation in collaboration with the INE and the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, based on data from Medical Death Certificates and the Death Statistics Bulletin issued by the Civil Registry. Until 2011, the data refers to the registrations made in Catalonia of people who reside there. From 2012 onwards, it includes all events involving residents in Catalonia who have been registered in other autonomous communities.

From 2012 onwards, the data is reported annually in two phases: the provisional data, based on events concerning residents registered with civil registries of Catalonia, and the definitive data, with events concerning all residents (including those registered with civil registries in other autonomous communities).

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".