Health statistics and information systems

Download the raw data files of the WHO Mortality Database

Data files - Last updated: 03 November 2014

These files do not constitute a user-friendly data collection which the average user can download and access. These are the basic underlying raw data files, together with the necessary instructions, file structures, code reference tables, etc. which can be used by institutions and organizations which need access at this level of detail mainly for research purposes and have available the required information technology (IT) resources to use this information. These files will not open in programs like Excel.

It should be noted that these data are transmitted on the understanding that no use will be made of them for commercial purposes and that no such permission or right to use may be implied thereby. WHO requests data users to adhere to the guidelines outlined on the next page.

  • Documentation
    zip, 87kb

    Contains a Word file with information on the WHO Mortality Database, file specifications and list of causes of death. Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Availability
    zip, 179kb

    Contains an Excel file with the list of countries-years available for the mortality and population data. Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Country codes
    zip, 2kb

    Country codes and names. Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Notes
    zip, 0kb

    Notes pertaining to data for some countries-years. Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Population and live births
    zip, 538kb

    Reference populations and live births (for regular users, figures are now in units). Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Mortality, ICD-7
    zip, 4.88Mb

    Data file containing the detailed mortality data for the seventh revision of the ICD (International Classification of Diseases). Last updated: 18 February 2004.
  • Mortality, ICD-8
    zip, 5.45Mb

    Data file containing the detailed mortality data for the eighth revision of the ICD (International Classification of Diseases). Last updated: 09 July 2012.
  • Mortality, ICD-9
    zip, 13.46Mb

    Data file containing the detailed mortality data for the ninth revision of the ICD (International Classification of Diseases). Last updated: 03 November 2014.
  • Mortality, ICD-10
    zip, 29.94Mb

    Data file containing the detailed mortality data for the tenth revision of the ICD (International Classification of Diseases). Last updated: 03 November 2014.
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