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Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

All-cause mortality at age 70-79 years in

Sweden: 1860-2007

Graph showing all-cause mortality at age 70-79 years in Sweden since 1860

Colours: The coloured curves represent Swedish males (blue) and females (red); for comparison, the light grey curves represent males (upper grey curve) and females (lower) in England & Wales.

Comment: Swedish male all-cause mortality at age 70-79 years began suddenly to decline in 1980, around the time that coronary heart disease mortality at this age began to plunge (see the Sweden graphs in the Choose section).

Method: Mortality rates were downloaded from the Human Mortality Database (see or on 4 December 2009. The plotted lines connect unsmoothed values.

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