the United Kingdom Sov — Current theme: Life & Death

This theme covers births, marriages and deaths, including changing causes of death. Unlike most of our themes, it is based not on the Census but on the closely related system for registering births, marriages and deaths, established in 1837.

In this first version of the system, the main emphasis is on infant mortality, the number of children dying before their first birthday as a proportion of all births.

We hold these detailed statistics for the United Kingdom, which we graph and tabulate here:

Available datasets Period covered Variables
(number of categories)
Infant Deaths 2001 Infant Deaths (4)
Total Births 1991 to 2001 Total Live Births (1)

Read more about how we hold statistics here.