Some of you may have seen my Facebook status a few days ago about Icelandic birth stats [666 Icelanders born on Christmas Day, gah!] — now here comes some more useless trivia — death stats* [what else?] based on figures from 1996-2009.
About twice as many Icelanders die during the winter than in the summer [blame the flu]. The greatest number of Icelanders die on January 3 [anything to do with New Years? No, I’m just sayin’], and the fewest on 27 July. Indeed, the last few days in July seem to have significantly lower death rates than the rest of the year.
Last year there were 2002 deaths in Iceland. The most common causes of death in this country are circulatory diseases and cancer [which I’m guessing is pretty much the same as in other Western societies]. About a third of those who died last year did so from circulatory diseases [including heart conditions and strokes], and around 28 percent died from cancer. The third largest cause of death is respiratory diseases.
[Speaking of which! This summer I have been plagued by respiratory problems. I have never, ever in my life had a problem with heavy breathing [heh] until now. Got a really seriously bad cold a couple of months ago, it took forever to shake it, and ever since then I’ve had asthma. And you know what? I BLAME EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL. Because I seem to get worse on days when there is a lot of wind and we have ash blowing all over the place. /TANGENT]
Anyway, back to my morbid smorgasbord of death stats. Last year 118 Icelanders died from “external causes” which apparently is about the same number as in previous years. Of those, there were 36 suicides and ten traffic-related deaths.
There. I hope that carries you into the weekend feeling all warm and fuzzy.
* Shamelessly filched from Fréttablaðið this morning.