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Weekly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland

Weekly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland

Last Updated: 11 March 2020

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This page contains summary weekly data on births and deaths registered in Scotland. Our aim is to provide monthly updates that will enable any emerging trends to be monitored.

In addition, from mid-August 2009 to mid-March 2010, because of concern about H1N1/swine flu, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) published each week provisional weekly totals for death registrations, and the numbers of these for which the cause of death was a respiratory disease. This information was available from the following page of our website:
Weekly Death Registrations - In Total and Caused by Respiratory Diseases.

Table 1 lists the weekly total numbers of births and deaths registered since the start of 2004. Please note that there may be some minor discrepancies between the figures which are given here and those that appear in the Quarterly and Preliminary Annual tables. There are two reasons for this: first, 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; second, a year does not contain a whole number of weeks, so for figures up to 2015, births and deaths that were registered in an incomplete week at the end of one year were included in the figures for the first week of the next year. From 2016 onwards, the method for allocating births to a registration week changed. More detail can be found in the footnote to table 1.

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

Weekly birth and death registrations, Scotland, 2004 to 2020 
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Notes (77 KB PDF file)

Correction to Table 1 - 26 April 2018
We regret that an issue was discovered with the birth and death counts for the end of 2015 in table 1. Counts for week commencing 28/12/2015 were missing. This occurred because of the change in methodology for assigning weeks which occurred from the beginning of 2016 but which meant that the data for the final few days of 2015 were not being counted. These have now been reinstated to the table.

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. Please contact our Statistics Customer Services if you need any further information.

Time taken to register deaths

Statistics of the numbers of days between the dates on which events occurred and were registered are available from a separate section of our website:  Births and Deaths: Days until Registration

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