It’s the time of the year when the Turkish Statistical Institute publishes its death statistics for the previous year. Actuaries are synonymous with mortality rates, so these figures are of great interest to us. Sadly, as reported last year, the published figures only give details about the number of deaths – equivalent to the dx’s of a total population mortality table.
Nevertheless they are still useful. The total number of deaths recorded in Turkey in 2013 was 327,094. Of this figure 205,028 related to men and the remaining 167,066 related to women.
So far, so good; but we’re really interested in the qx’s – the rate of mortality by age and sex of the total population