872 fewer deaths than average in 2020

FuneralOslo.Funeral in Grefsen Church in coronary times.Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

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Compared with the last five years, the number of deaths in Norway so far this year has fallen by 3.5 per cent, despite the Corona pandemic.

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From week 1 to week 28, 25,179 people died in Norway. This is a decrease of 872 deaths compared to the average over the last five years, writes Dagens Næringsliv.

In 2019, a total of 40,684 people died in Norway. This year, there is a particularly sharp decline in deaths among older women.

Professor of community medicine and global health Johanne Sundby at the University of Oslo believes that the lifestyle changes many have made during the Corona pandemic may be an explanation for the reduced mortality.

– In recent months, everyone has taken better care of themselves, but women may have been extra careful to follow infection advice. It has an effect on life prospects and mortality in general, says Sundby.

She points out that women seek medical help more often than men, and are generally better at taking care of their own health and preventing diseases.

The professor also emphasizes that the decline in the number of deaths may have something to do with the fact that many have lived calmer and with a less stressful everyday life.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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