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More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Cause of death declarations

Health and Performance
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Country Netherlands
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Contact information

Department of Health and Health Care
Statistics Netherlands
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Phone: Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Email: info(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data is collected on a monthly basis. Preliminary data is available 4 months after collection. Final database is published 7 months after collection.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Paper registration, processed to electronic registration

Access to data

Data cannot be downloaded directly.

Conditions of access

Access to data requires: (1) Access fee; (2) Official authorization (CCS)


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

Contact data administrator (see contact information)


Data was collected between 1950 and 2011 using an integral observation of the Dutch population; data collection is ongoing and is scheduled to continue at some point in the future. Data from 2012 will be available in July 2013.


Not applicable

Not applicable

All deaths of people registered in population administration

No age restrictions

Representative for all deceased people, registered in population administration.

Detailed study of: Deaths and causes of death.


Linkable to other person databases through anonymized personal number.

Data quality

Data are checked and corrected for validity

Breaks due to different international classifications of the ICD; <<

Different revisions of classification of death causes. Last revision applied in 1996.


Strengths: This registry provides very long time series, high coverage and high quality data.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Frank P. Pijpers
  • (see Partners)