Eurostat: Romania, second highest death rate in the EU

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With 1,530 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Romania had the highest death rate in the EU in 2015, according to data from EU’s statistical office Eurostat.

Only Bulgaria had a highest rate than Romania, namely 1,660 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Neighboring Hungary (1,500), as well as Lithuania (1,490) and Latvia (1,489) also had high death rates.

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest death rate across the EU Member States was recorded in France (859 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), ahead of Spain (873), Italy (901), Sweden (927) and Luxembourg (930), according to Eurostat.

In the EU, the death rate stood on average at 1,036 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, with the main causes including heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Around 1.9 million people died from diseases of the circulatory system (mainly heart attacks and strokes) while 1.3 million died from cancer.

Irina Marica, [email protected]