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Bulgaria has highest death rate in EU - Eurostat

With 1,602 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Bulgaria had the highest death rate in the EU in 2016, compared to an EU average of 1,002 deaths per 100,000 for the same year, shows a report on the causes and occurance of deaths in the EU, published on Tuesday by the EU statistical office Eurostat.

A total of 106,542 deaths were registered in Bulgaria in 2016. The death rate among Bulgarian males was 2,007 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 1,300 among females.

Bulgaria was followed by Latvia and Romania (both 1,476 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), Lithuania (1,455) and Hungary (1,425).

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest death rate across the EU Member States was recorded in Spain (829 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), ahead of France (838), Italy (843), Malta (882), Luxembourg (905) and Sweden (913).

A total of 5.1 million persons died in the European Union (EU) in 2016, some 80 000 less than in the previous year.

Slightly over 1.8 million people died from diseases of the circulatory system (mainly heart attacks and strokes), while 1.3 million died from cancer in 2016. These were the two main causes of deaths in the EU, responsible for 36 per cent and 26 per cent of all deaths respectively. Diseases of the circulatory system were the main cause of deaths in all EU Member States, except in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom where cancer was the main killer. The third main cause of death in the EU was diseases of the respiratory system, which killed 422,000 persons in 2016 (8 per cent of all deaths in the EU).  

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