Human Life Table Database

The Human Life-Table Database is a collection of population life tables covering a multitude of countries and many years. Most of the HLD life tables are life tables for national populations, which have been officially published by national statistical offices. Some of the HLD life tables refer to certain regional or ethnic sub-populations within countries. Parts of the HLD life tables are non-official life tables produced by researchers.

The tables contains demographic information from several countries based on life span, cause of death and other information. Life Tables describe the extent to which a generation of people dies off with age and are freely available complete with an explanation of the data files contained within.

Spatial Coverage: 

Explanation of data Files, methodology notes are available online


Three scientific institutions are jointly developing the HLD: the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, the Department of Demography at the University of California at Berkeley, USA and the Institut national d'études démographiques (INED) in Paris, France. The MPIDR is responsible for maintaining the database.

Data is still being compiled for some countries


Data is available as raw ASCII. Methodology and references are available as Adobe PDF.

Data Access: 

Freely available data on internet. Interested users should refer to the user agreement