Australian Bureau of Statistics
3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2011
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Infant mortality rate
In World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision (2011), the United Nations estimates the global infant mortality rate for 2005-2010 to be 45.6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The United Nations estimate of Australia's IMR (4.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births) is among the lowest in the world. It is lower than that of the United Kingdom (4.9), New Zealand (5.1), Canada (5.2) and the United States of America (6.8). Singapore (1.9), Hong Kong (SAR of China) (2.0) and Iceland (2.1) were among the lowest IMR, while Afghanistan (136.0) and Chad (131.2) were among the highest.
On a regional basis, Northern America has the lowest IMR, with 6.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, followed by Europe (6.9). The world's regions recording the highest IMRs are Africa (78.6), Asia (40.7), Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania, which includes Australia (both 21.7).
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