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Monthly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland

Monthly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland

Last Updated: 14 November 2018

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This page contains monthly data on births and deaths registered in Scotland.

Table 1 presents the numbers of births registered in Scotland, and each National Health Service (NHS) Board area, for every month since 1990.

Table 2 presents the numbers of births registered in Scotland, and each council area, for every month since 1996.

Table 3 presents the numbers of deaths registered in Scotland, and each National Health Service (NHS) Board area, for every month since 1990.

Table 4 presents the numbers of deaths registered in Scotland, and each council area, for every month since 1996. 

Table 5 presents the numbers of deaths registered in Scotland, by certain causes of death, for every month since 2000.

The alphabetical order of the council areas changed in September 2016 and December 2016 due to adoption of the preferred forms of reference to the Edinburgh and Western Isles council areas. Previous versions of these tables used the forms 'Edinburgh, City of' and 'Eilean Siar'.

Please note that there may be some minor discrepancies between the figures which are given here and those that are appear in the Quarterly and Preliminary Annual tables, because the tables may have been extracted at different times, and a small number of records may have been added to the statistical database in the intervening period.

The table below has been made available as an Excel spreadsheet and can be viewed as Comma Seperated Value (CSV) files from a Zipped folder and in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

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Table 1

Births in Scotland by month of registration and NHS Board area, 1990 to 2018
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Table 2 Births in Scotland by month of registration and council area, 1996 to 2018
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Table 3 Deaths in Scotland by month of registration and NHS Board area,
1990 to 2018
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Table 4 Deaths in Scotland by month of registration and council area, 1996 to 2018
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Table 5

 Deaths in Scotland by month of registration and cause of death, 2000 to 2018

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Notes (63 KB PDF file) 

Date of registration versus date of occurrence

All routine vital events information we publish is based on the date of registration, not the date on which the event occurred. Inevitably, of course, there are delays between the occurrence of an event and its registration. From the information held on NRS databases it is possible to derive data relating to the actual date of the event. For detailed studies of short time periods we recommend that users consider using such data. For all enquiries on data availability please contact our Statistics Customer Services (email: statisticscustomerservices@nrscotland.gov.uk).

Time taken to register deaths

In Scotland there is a legal requirement to register deaths within 8 days. The overwhelming majority of deaths are registered within these limits. The chart below shows the number of days taken to register deaths in 2006. For deaths the mean interval was 2.3 days and the median interval was 1 day.

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Chart 2

Time taken to register a death in Scotland, 2006
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