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© Alberto Lucas Lopez / South China Morning Post
© Alberto Lucas Lopez / South China Morning Post

This Fascinating Map Shows The Leading Causes of Death Around the World

Picture of Alice Johnston
Social Content Producer
Updated: 12 February 2018

It’s a morbid subject, but it’s something that everyone has to face eventually.

And it can be oddly fascinating to discover the leading mortality causes in different countries around the world.

This infographic compares the 10 leading causes of death in the world’s 20 poorest and 20 richest countries – and the inequality that it reveals is saddening. The information is taken from the 2013 World Bank ranking of the world’s richest countries by gross domestic product.

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Leading causes of mortality infographic | © Alberto Lucas Lopez / South China Morning Post

The top six leading causes of death in the world’s 20 richest countries are heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, self harm, Alzheimer’s and cirrhosis.

The top six in the world’s 20 poorest countries are lower-respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and preterm birth complications.

The infographic was created by Alberto Lucas Lopez, an infographic journalist, for the South China Morning Post.

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Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death | © freestocks.org / Unsplash

The graphic states: ‘Cardiovascular disease claims three out of 10 people as the world’s leading cause of death. In wealthy countries, seven people in 10 die aged 70 or over, mainly through chronic diseases.

‘In low-income countries, the predominant cause of death is from infectious disease, where about four in 10 deaths are children under 15 years old.’

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