Annual Live Births by State, Sex, & Ethnicity

Data as of 2022

Annual number of births with signs of life upon delivery, with breakdowns by sex, ethnic group and state.

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Live Births

How is this data produced?

A live birth is a birth with signs of life upon delivery, even if only for a short while. The data on live births in Malaysia is tabulated based on information reported during the births registration process, specifically in the in Register of Birth Form (JPN.LM01). In particular, the 'state' reported in this dataset is based on the place of usual residence of the mother, not the geographical location in which the baby was born. For example, a baby born in a hospital in Kedah to a family who resides in Perlis will be counted as a live birth for Perlis. For a deeper understanding of the methodology and associated definition, please refer to the Technical Notes.

What caveats I should bear in mind when using this data?

This data is derived based on births registered with JPN. Accordingly, if a birth is not registered with JPN (for instance, if a foreigner chooses to register their child in their home country, or if a resident in a remote area does not register the birth of their child), it will not count in this dataset.

Publication(s) using this data

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Dataset description

Annual number of births with signs of life upon delivery, with breakdowns by sex, ethnic group and state.

Variable definitions
  • State
  • Date
  • Sex
  • Ethnicity
  • Live Births
Last updated:

17 Oct 2023, 12:00

Next update:

17 Oct 2024, 12:00

Data source(s)
  • JPN
  • DOSM

This data is made open under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). A copy of the license is available Here.


Full Dataset (CSV)

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Connect directly to the data with Python.

# If not already installed, do: pip install pandas fastparquet import pandas as pd URL_DATA = '' df = pd.read_parquet(URL_DATA) if 'date' in df.columns: df['date'] = pd.to_datetime(df['date']) print(df)

Sample OpenAPI query

The following code is an example of how to make an API query to retrieve the data catalogue mentioned above. You can use different programming languages by switching the code accordingly. For a complete guide on possible query parameters and syntax, please refer to the official Open API Documentation.

import requests import pprint url = "" response_json = requests.get(url=url).json() pprint.pprint(response_json)