5.5% more deaths in 2022
5.5% more deaths in 2022

5.5% more deaths in 2022

Some 116,500 deaths were provisionally recorded in Belgium in 2022. That is about 4,000 more deaths than the previous year, or a 3.7% increase compared to 2021. Compared to a broader reference period, namely the average for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, this is an increase of 5.5%. The increase is the most noticeable in the Flemish and Walloon regions, and among women and people over 85 years old. A higher than usual mortality was especially observed in April, during the summer and in December.

This is what emerged from a first, provisional overview of the number of deaths in the year 2022, for all causes of death, from Statbel, the Belgian statistical office.

The publication contains the provisional number of deaths for all Belgian municipalities in 2022 and is based on the 14 January 2023 extraction from the National Register. Also in 2023, Statbel will update the mortality figures weekly on Fridays.

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