Of the 41,330 Norwegians who died last year, the vast majority were killed by illness, according to the latest statistics regarding cause of death from the state public health institute (Folkehelseinstituttet). Fewer Norwegians are dying from heart attacks and strokes, though, while deaths from lung cancer and respiratory ailments remained stable.
Illness claimed the lives of 37,209 Norwegians in 2013, down from 38,869 in 2012. Another 2,630 Norwegians died as a result of injuries or violence last year, while the cause of 1,491 deaths was unknown.
The public health institute noted that death from heart ailments fell again last year, from 13,000 in 2012 to 12,100 in 2013. A total of 10,8325 Norwegians died from cancer.
Dr. Christian Lycke Ellingsen, who worked on compilation of the register over cause of deaths, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the decline in heart-ailment-related deaths may reflect better treatment methods, that people are more active or have stopped smoking.
There was an increase, however, in the number of Norwegians killed in accidents, especially traffic accidents. Of the nearly 40,000 Norwegians who died last year, around 2,000 were accident victims.
Murders also rose, from 30 in 2012 to 53 last year. The numbers for 2013 were the highest since 2000, with the exception of 2011, when the 77 people killed in the terrorist attacks of July 22 raised the total number of murders to 113.
Suicide statistics remained relatively stable, with 556 Norwegians choosing to end their lives in 2013. The number of suicides has varied between 550 and 600 every year for the past five years. Of the deaths ruled as suicides last year, 385 were men and 179 were women.