1 in 4 Europeans limited in daily activities by health problems


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Around 25 per cent of the adult population in the European Union (EU) experienced long-standing limitations in everyday activities due to health problems last year. That is according to 2018 data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. 

Among those aged 16 years and older, 18 per cent reported some long-standing limitations, while 7 per cent reported severe long-standing limitations. 

Across the region, the share of people who reported some or severe long-standing limitations was lowest in Malta at 12 per cent. This was followed by Sweden, Bulgaria, Ireland and Spain. The figure was highest in Latvia where 40 per cent of people had some or severe long-standing limitations due to their health. This was followed by Estonia, Slovenia, Finland and Austria. 

The highest shares of people reporting severe long-standing limitations were registered in Slovenia, Slovakia (2017 data), Luxembourg, France, Latvia, Croatia, Greece and the United Kingdom, all 9 per cent or higher. 

Men were less likely than women to report long-standing limitations, either some or severe, in all of the EU Member States. 

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