• Trends in national mortality rates •  

Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

Population of the world and continental regions,

adults in advanced old age (80 years and older): 1950-2010

Graph showing population of adults in advanced old age, for the world and continents

Notes: In 2005, 88 million people were aged 80 years or more. Of these, 39 million lived in Asia, 26 million in Europe, 12 million in Northern America, 7 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 million in Africa, and nearly 1 million in Oceania.

The world population aged 80 or more is presently rising by 4 to 5 percent a year in each of these regions (including Africa) except Northern America, where it is rising by 2 to 3 percent a year.

Asia's population aged 80 or more was slightly less than Europe's for most of the second half of the 20th century, but then swiftly overtook it in 1995. Europe's population in this age range dipped to 21 million in 1999: much of that generation was lost in the maw of the Second World War.

Source of data: United Nations Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision".

WHO mortality rates for particular countries, ages and causes of death