Life expectancy, mortality and causes of death

Life expectancy is a summary measure of the number of years a person is expected to live, based on current age-specific death rates in the country. It is generally calculated separately for males and females.

Mortality rates (or death rates) relate the number of deaths in an age group to the population in that age group. Since the risk of dying varies by age and sex, mortality rates are typically provided by age and sex.

Cause of death data further disaggregates mortality into the underlying cause of death. This is important in understanding the main diseases from which different population groups (infants, children, adults, elderly) are dying.

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Key Reports
  • Pocket statistical Summary = Résumé statistique de poche: 2020
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  • Solomon Islands Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2015
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  • Samoa Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2014
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  • Pocket statistical Summary = Résumé statistique de poche: 2018
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    Life Expenctancy at Birth

    News & Publications

    2020 Pacific Islands Population Poster

    September 22, 2020
    This poster provides updated population pyramids for all Pacific Island Countries and Territories, showing the age-sex profiles now and in the future. These distributions help countries to plan for service and infrastructure delivery.

    Fertility Trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories

    July 19, 2019
    Data on fertility trends in PICTs are critical for addressing the current unmet need in family planning, and for improving maternal and neonatal health.

    Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    June 8, 2016
    Civil Registration (CR) is the compulsory, continuous, universal and permanent recording of vital events such as births and deaths.

    Pacific Islands Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)

    February 16, 2016
    The Brisbane Accord Group in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division convened a Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics for the Pacific Islands, from 22 to 25 February 2016.