France: Infant Mortality Rate, by year
YearInfant mortality rate,
per 1,000 children born alive
20223.9
20213.7
20203.6
20193.8
20183.8
20173.9
20163.7
20153.7
20143.5
20133.6
20123.5
20113.6
20103.6
  • Region: France
  • Time period: 2010 to 2022
  • Published: Jan 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 13, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Trend in Infant Mortality Rate from 2010 to 2022

The infant mortality rate in France has shown a fluctuating trend over the years 2010 to 2022, with a low of 3.5 per 1,000 children born alive in both 2012 and 2014, and a high of 3.9 per 1,000 in both 2017 and 2022. The rate has not followed a clear pattern of increase or decrease, indicating variability in factors affecting infant health year over year.

Comparison of Rates in the Last Five Years

Analyzing the most recent five years (2018 to 2022), the infant mortality rate increased from 3.8 per 1,000 in 2018 to 3.9 per 1,000 in 2022. Despite minor fluctuations, this period marks a slight upward trend, suggesting a potential area of concern for healthcare providers and policymakers.

Stability in Early 2010s Followed by Variability

Between 2010 and 2013, the infant mortality rate remained relatively stable, fluctuating narrowly between 3.5 and 3.6 per 1,000. This period of stability was followed by greater variability from 2014 onwards, highlighting changes in either demographic, healthcare quality, or environmental factors influencing infant mortality rates.

Identifying a Reversal Point in 2014

The year 2014 marked the lowest infant mortality rate at 3.5 per 1,000, suggesting that efforts or conditions in that year were particularly effective at reducing infant deaths. However, rates in subsequent years did not maintain this low, pointing to the loss of some positive influences or the introduction of new challenges.

Incremental Increases Post-2020

Post-2020, France experienced incremental increases in the infant mortality rate, from 3.6 per 1,000 in 2020 to 3.9 per 1,000 in 2022. This rise could reflect the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems and social conditions, emphasizing the need for targeted health interventions and policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been the trend in infant mortality rate in France in recent years?

The infant mortality rate in France from 2010 to 2022 fluctuated between a low of 3.5 per 1,000 children born alive in 2012 and 2014, and a high of 3.9 per 1,000 in 2017 and 2022.

Terms and Definitions

A measure of the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births in a specific year. This statistic is frequently used as an indicator of the level of health in a country and can be influenced by a range of factors including maternal health, quality and access to medical care, socioeconomic conditions, and public health practices.

A subsection of Infant Mortality Rate, referring specifically to the death of infants less than 28 days old. It is also expressed per 1,000 live births and often reflects the quality of maternal and neonatal care.

Another subset of the Infant Mortality Rate which refers to the death of infants between 28 days and 1 year. This measure is often influenced by environmental, socioeconomic, and health factors.

This term refers to the death of a fetus or neonate during the perinatal period, which spans from the 22nd week (154 days) of gestation to seven days after birth. It is a critical indicator of the quality of obstetric and neonatal care.

A term used to define the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life.

The birth of a baby who has died in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy, prior to delivery.

Also known as child mortality rate, it refers to the death of infants and children under the age of five. This measure is typically calculated as the number of deaths per 1,000 live births in a given year and is an important socio-health indicator.

Measures the death of women while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy, expressed per 100,000 live births. This rate helps to understand the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Premature Birth refers to a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby's estimated due date. Premature birth can lead to complications and increase the likelihood of infant mortality.
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