Fewer Norwegians died in 2020 than usual

GraveyardPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

On average, 40,700 people died annually in Norway over the past five years. In 2020, around 300 fewer people died.

“We had no excess mortality in Norway in 2020, we can establish that with certainty,” senior adviser Anders Sønstebø in Statistics Norway (SSB) told P4.

Sønstebø said that there might be many factors behind the data, including the fact that Norwegians were at home more than usual last year and had less contact with others. That may have led to fewer chances of being infected by other diseases. 

According to the channel, the exact number for 2020 is 337 fewer deaths than the average.

Researcher Fredrik Emil Juul at Rikshospitalet, for his part, is not surprised.

“There were fewer people who died last year than in previous years, but I do not see that the number is noticeably lower,” Juul said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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