Adult Mortality in Europe

  • Marc LuyEmail author
  • Christian Wegner
  • Wolfgang Lutz
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 2)


Levels and trends of adult mortality in Europe over the last half-century were clustered geographically: Western Europe with the most favorable health conditions, Eastern Europe with the least favorable, and Central Europe falling in between. Each of these regions shows internal variation in mortality levels, with the least variability among the Western European and the highest differences among the Eastern European countries. The trisection characterizes not only overall adult mortality but also, with a few exceptions, age- and cause-of-death-specific mortality as well as tempo-adjusted life expectancy.


Life Expectancy Eastern European Country Adult Mortality Western European Country Mortality Trend 
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The authors thank Karina Wibowo for her help in preparing the data, Angela Wiedemann for designing and producing the maps for this chapter, and the editors of this book for their suggestions and comments. This work was supported through grant P20649-G14 from the FWF Austrian Science Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria
  2. 2.Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria
  3. 3.International Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisLaxenburgAustria
  4. 4.WU–Vienna, University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria

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