Life Expectancy in Germany, Norway and Sweden in the 19th and 20th Century

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Imhof, Arthur E.
Publication Date
  • A.E. Imhof (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    In this study human life expectancy, which since the start of the 18th century has continually increased, is investigated in comparative perspective in Germany, Sweden and Norway. Topics: Regional as well as national data sets on population structure and the development of mortality. The following table overview represents a cutout from the study´s archived total stocks. The complete data stock contains not only time-series data. These complete data are available by GESIS Data Archive on request. Topics of Data-Tables with Time-Series (offered by the Downloadsystem HISTAT): I (risk) population by generations II (risk) population by periods III probability of dying by generations IV probability of dying by periods V life expectancy by generations VI life expectancy by periods Systematics within the tables (Consecutively Numbering) 1. Place: Letter indicating the region: A. Germany (German Reich)/FRG B. Germany (German Reich)/GDR C. governmental district Aurich/Lower Saxony D. governmental district Kassel/Hessen E. governmental district Minden/North Rhine-Westphalia F. governmental district Trier/Saarland H. Herrenberg/South West Germany (Südwestdeuschland) N. Norway S. Sweden 2. Place: Number for the table´s subject (variable) 1. (risk) population (P´ x) 3. Probability of dying (qx) 5. Life expectancy (ex) 3. Place: Letter for the type of table (meaning of the annual details) P. period table G. generation table
Temporal Coverage
  • 1700 / 1985
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
  • Germany (DE)
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
  • Sweden (SE)
    regions Sundsvall and Skelleftea
  • Norway (NO)
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
  • Germany according to respective then current territory status (regional data from Aurich, Lower Saxony, Kassel, Hesse, Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Trier, Saarland, Herrenberg).
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Official Statistics, Census-Data, Church-Registers, Data of Civil Registry Offices.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 20
    Number of Variables: 1303
See also ZA-Study 8066: Expectancy of life in Germany, 1700 to 1890.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8086 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Imhof, Arthur E. (Hrsg.): Leben wir zu lange? Die Zunahme unserer Lebensspanne seit 300 Jahren - und die Folgen. Beiträge eines Symposiums vom 27.-29. November 1991 an der Freien Universität Berlin. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau 1992.
  • Imhof, Arthur E., Weinknecht, R. (Hrsg.): Erfüllt leben - in Gelassenheit sterben. Geschichte und Gegenwart. Beiträge eines interdisziplinären Symposiums vom 23.-25. November 1993 an der Freien Universität Berlin. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1994.
  • Imhof, Arthur E. (Hrsg.): Lebenserwartungen in Deutschland, Norwegen und Schweden im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 1994.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 22 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23