Figures for 2014 released by Turkish Statistical Agency (TurkStat) on Wednesday indicate that the number of deaths slightly increased by 4.7 percent last year and that over 390,000 people died in a country with a population of over 77 million people.
The death rate or number of deaths per thousand people was an average of 5.1 per 1,000 people, TurkStat announced. Kastamonu, a Black Sea city, had the highest death rate with 9.9 per 1,000. It is followed by Sinop, another Black Sea city, which has the largest senior citizen population in Turkey.
The cities of Hakkari and Şırnak in the southeast had the lowest rate at 2.8 per 1,000 people. Both cities are also known for having large numbers of children.
The highest death rate was among people age 75 and above, at 48.6 percent.
The infant mortality rate also increased to 11.1 per 1,000 persons on average, from 10.8 in 2013. Kilis, a southern city bordering Syria had the highest infant mortality rate with 25.7 per 1,000 persons. The lowest infant mortality rate was in Karabük, a Black Sea city, with 5.3 per 1,000 persons. Over 66 percent of infants died before their first month, an almost 2 percent rise from 2013. Live births in the country were more than 1.3 million in 2014, a 3.6 percent increase from 2013.
TurkStat announced last month that cardiovascular diseases or diseases of the circulatory system were the main causes of deaths in 2014.
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