Last Revised: January 30, 2007
to-risk when calculating death rates. Adjustments to the methods in the event of changes in population coverage are described in Appendix D of the Methods Protocol. In cases where there was a change in population coverage, the population estimates available from the country page are given for the population just before (i.e., December 31st of year t-1, indicated as year “yyyy-“) and just after (i.e., January 1st of year t, denoted as year “yyyy+”) the change.
Total versus Civilian Mortality
For populations that suffer substantial war losses, mortality estimates (especially for males) based on the civilian population do not accurately reflect period mortality during wartime nor do they represent the true mortality experience for the cohorts that experience heavy war loses. For such cases, we present two sets of estimates whenever possible: one for the civilian population (which excludes military deaths that occur abroad) and a second for the total population (including military deaths that occurred abroad). The latter are generally derived by adjusting death counts and population estimates based on the data available (e.g., deaths and military size reported by the military authority). Period mortality is identical in the two series except during war years. Cohort life tables for the civilian population are provided, but these data are of questionable quality for those populations that experienced substantial war mortality because they do not represent true cohort mortality.