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Our ref: FoI/202100192811
23 April 2021
Dear David Craigie,
Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
Thank you for your request dated 10 April 2021 under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
You asked us:
“What is the total average amount of deaths in Scotland, 1990 to 2020. any causes.”
Response to your request
Please find the following table https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/covid19/annual-deaths-excess-deaths-
which includes an annual 5-year rolling average breakdown of all
deaths registered in Scotland from 1855 to 2020.
Alternatively, you may be interested to find where we publish the figures for deaths
registered in Scotland.
1) For annual figures please see our reference tables, specifically section 5, which
can be found here List of Data Tables | National Records of Scotland
May I direct you to table 5.03 which outlines the total deaths
registered in Scotland from 1971-2019 https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/vital-events-ref-tables/2019/vital-
2) For deaths registered in 2020, please find our monthly tables Monthly Data on
Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland | National Records of Scotland
which outline deaths registered by health board, council area
and cause of death. For a weekly breakdown of registered deaths please see Weekly Data on Births and Deaths Registered in Scotland | National Records of
Please note that the figures for 2020 are provisional.
The information you have requested is available from our website and we have
provided you with direct links. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to
provide you with information if it is already reasonably accessible to you.
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