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Table 2 Distribution of Norwegian men and women aged 75-89 from 1971-2007

From: Trends in total and cause-specific mortality by marital status among elderly Norwegian men and women

  Men Women
Time period 1971-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999 2000-2007 1971-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999 2000-2007
Number of person-years 804 394 1 062 962 1 247 666 1 084 196 1 185 901 1 696 600 2 010 678 1 672 275
Number of deaths 77 617 99 654 111 268 85 393 86 037 109 305 121 254 92 983
Crude death rate 0.10 0.09 0.09 0.08 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.06
Cause of death (%)         
Cancers 18.12 20.60 22.89 25.83 14.21 16.63 17.77 20.22
Circulatory diseases 55.08 52.29 49.12 41.54 58.11 55.36 51.32 43.88
Respiratory diseases 11.50 11.30 11.49 11.69 11.54 10.40 10.61 10.16
Other diseases 12.62 12.65 13.24 17.26 12.51 13.68 16.92 22.27
External causes 2.63 3.05 2.95 3.08 3.58 3.83 3.20 3.15
Missing cause of death 0.05 0.11 0.31 0.60 0.05 0.10 0.18 0.32
Mean age in years (SD) 79.7 (3.8) 79.9 (3.9) 80.0 (3.9) 80.3 (3.9) 80.0 (3.9) 80.4 (4.0) 80.6 (4.0) 81.1 (4.1)
Marital status (%)         
Never married 12.2 11.5 9.7 8.3 20.3 16.5 10.7 7.0
Married 58.7 62.4 65.3 66.6 23.9 24.4 27.2 29.7
Widowed 27.4 24.0 21.8 20.2 53.1 56.1 58.3 58.2
Divorced 1.7 2.1 3.2 4.9 2.8 3.0 3.8 5.1
Education (%)         
Compulsory 70.5 63.5 54.4 44.6 76.3 70.1 64.9 56.7
Secondary 22.9 28.6 35.5 40.6 20.0 25.5 30.0 36.0
Higher 4.1 4.5 6.0 9.5 3.5 4.1 4.7 6.8
Postgraduate 2.5 3.4 4.1 5.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5
Region (%)         
East 50.5 50.3 49.9 50.6 52.2 52.2 51.2 51.0
South 5.9 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.7 5.4 5.6 5.7
West 24.1 24.7 25.2 24.8 24.2 24.3 24.6 24.5
Central 9.3 9.3 9.2 9.1 8.7 8.7 8.8 8.8
North 10.2 10.2 10.1 9.9 9.2 9.4 9.8 10.0
Centrality (%)         
Least central 16.8 16.0 14.6 13.1 13.6 13.2 13.0 12.5
Less central 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.2 6.8 6.7 6.9 6.9
Quite central 19.3 19.3 19.4 19.3 18.1 18.1 18.5 18.8
Central 56.2 57.1 58.5 60.4 61.5 62.0 61.6 61.8