The purpose of this paper is to present of the geographical variation of mortality rates in the 51 prefectures of Greece per gender in 2001 and 2006. The database consisted of the mortality rates of 65 causes of mortality for all 51 prefectures of Greece in two different time periods: 2001 and 2006. All rates were calculated using the “direct method of standardization” procedure and were selected from Natural Population Research Sector of the Greek Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.). Clustering analysis methods (CAM) was applied to identify the mortality patterns per gender and cause among prefectures and time. The results of the analysis were mapped, indicating a clustered distribution of these rates. It suggests a new way of health planning and supports local policies, since a common pattern can be identified.
Key words: Mortality rates, sub regional analysis, clustering, Greece.