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March 13, 2024Max Roser

Declining child mortality, fast and slow

Declining child mortality, fast and slow

Two centuries ago, about one in three children in Sweden died before they were five years old, as you can see on the chart.

Since then, the child mortality rate in Sweden has declined to 0.2%.

South Korea achieved a similar reduction much faster. This is often the case: those countries that first achieve an improvement in living conditions often need much longer than some of those countries catching up later — countries that catch up can learn from what worked elsewhere.

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