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Infant Mortality

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the infant mortality rate in each country in the EU; and what assessment he has made of the factors underlying variations. [36889]

The table supplies details of the infant mortality rate in the United Kingdom and other European Union countries. The causes of health variations are complex. They are associated with a range of often interacting factors, including geography, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, life style and environment.

Infant mortality rate in European Union countries, circa 1993
CountryYearInfant mortality rate per 1,000 live births
United Kingdom119926.58
Austria19946.25
Belgium19898.53
Denmark19935.40
Finland19934.40
France19926.82
Germany19945.08
Greece19938.30
Ireland19926.67
Italy19918.22
Luxembourg19935.23
Netherlands19936.29
Portugal19938.73
Spain19927.05
Sweden19925.19

Source:

World Health Organisation European Office 'Health for All' database.

Note:

1 More up to date figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that the infant mortality rate in England and Wales in 1995 was 6.1 per 1,000 live births.