Directors: Dmitri Jdanov (MPIDR) and France Meslé (INED)

The Human Cause-of-Death Database (HCD) is a joint project of the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, France and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, based at the MPIDR. We seek to provide free and user-friendly access to coherent time series of cause-specific mortality for researchers, students, journalists, policy analysts, and others interested in analysis of cause-of-death patterns. In contrast to other existing databases on causes of deaths, we provide time series with causes of death classified according to a constant (fixed) list/classification of causes of death. The main goal of the database is to document trends of cause-specific mortality and to facilitate research on their comparative analyses.

Although in each country the original series of vital statistics are based on the currently acting classifications of causes of death, we provide reconstructed data according to the most recent version of the classification in use (see Background for details). We pay special attention to rigorous data checking and documentation and to warranting data comparability across time and countries by means of universal and standardized methodology. Due to peculiarities of the original national cause-of-death nomenclatures and procedures, computational procedures may be somewhat modified accordingly. Respective country-specific information is given in the Background and Documentation text for the country in question.

At present the database contains continuous data series for the following 16 countries:

Detailed data by country
BelarusCzech RepublicEngland & WalesEstonia

The HCD data series will be updated regularly. For more information, please begin by reading an overview of the database. If you have any comments or questions, or trouble gaining access to the data, please write to us.

Joint project of the INED and the MPIDR,
based at the MPIDR