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Vital Events Reference Tables 2006

Vital Events Reference Tables 2006

Section 5: Deaths

Note: the death rates given in the tables in this section have been superseded. They were produced using the original mid-year population estimates for 2002 onwards, which have been superseded by 'rebased' population estimates which take account of the results of the 2011 Census. Revised versions of these figures (which were produced using the 'rebased' population estimates) can be obtained from revised versions of the Vital Events Reference Tables for 2012.

More information about the rebasing of the mid-year estimates, and the consequential temporary break in some of the Vital Events statistics series (such as birth rates and death rates) is available from the Births and Deaths Rates: breaks in series circa 2011 section of this website.

The information presented on life expectancy in Table 5.4 and Table 5.5 is produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Previous to 2005 it was produced by the Government Actuary Department.

Life expectancy, or expectation of life, is the average number of additional years a person could expect to live.

Table 5.4 shows life expectancy in Scotland from the 19th Century through to the present day and Table 5.5 contains the most recent life expectancy figures for males and females at a variety of different ages. Both are based on mortality rates calculated over a three year period (this is done in order to smooth out fluctuations in mortality which can occur between calendar years).

Life expectancy in Table 5.5 is calculated on what is termed a 'period basis', this means that the number of years a person can expect to live is dependent upon he, or she, experiencing the age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life (it does not allow for future changes in the mortality rate).

For life expectancy not present in Table 5.4 or Table 5.5 or complete life tables for earlier years, for further information on life expectancy please contact either Statistics Customer Services (e-mail: or ONS using the Contact National Statistics section of their website.

The National Records of Scotland now calculates life expectancy for administrative areas and special areas within Scotland, publications on which can be found in the life expectancy section of this website.

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Death rates, by sex and age, Scotland, 1946 to 2006
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Deaths, by sex, age and administrative area, Scotland, 2006
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Deaths, by country of birth of deceased, Scotland, 1971 to 2006
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Expectation of life, by sex and selected age, Scotland, 1861 to 2006
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Abridged life table by sex and age, Scotland, 2004-2006
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