Infant mortality

Updated: 23 Apr 2021
Next update: 22 Apr 2022

Infant mortality is calculated by dividing the number of deaths of infants under one year of age by the number of live births during the statistical year. Multiplying the result by 1,000 gives the figure in per mille.


Number of infant deaths record low again

In 2020, there were 83 infant deaths, that is, children who died at the age of under one year. The number is lowest in the history of independent Finland for the second year in a row. In 2019, the number was 96. In 2020, infant mortality per one thousand live-born children was 1.8, which is 0.3 per mil lower than in the previous year. The infant mortality rate of boys, 2.1 per mil, was slightly higher than that of girls, 1.5 per mil. The infant mortality rate was lowest in the measuring history in 2015, when it was 1.7 per mil. At that time, the number of infant deaths was 97.