Official data showing the number of deaths in the European Union
The mortality rate in the European Union was 1.036 deaths per 100.000 people, in 2015. The countries with the highest rate according to Eurostat were Bulgaria, with 1.660 per 100.000, followed by Romania with 1.530 per 100.000, and Hungary, with 1.500 per 100.000.
On the opposite side, the counties with the lowest mortality rate in 2015 were France, with 895 per 100.000, Spain, with 873, Italy with 901, and Sweden, with 927 per 100.000.
Looking at the big picture, in 2015, the number of deaths in the EU reached 5,217 milion, with approximately 272.000 more than in 2014. Approximately two million, or 38% of the deaths happened among people between 70-85 years of age, and almost a quarter, or 24% of deaths happened among those younger than 70.
The main causes of death in the EU were: heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. A bit over 1,9 milion people, or 37% of the total number, died because of disorders of the circulatory system, and 1.3 or 26% because of cancer. Disorders of the circulatory system were the main cause of death in all members of the European Union, except for Denmark, France, Holland, and Great Britain, where cancer was the main cause.
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