Data released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), have highlighted significant variation in the standardised death rates from pneumonia in Europe.
According to the data, the standardised death rate (three-year average) stood at 26 deaths per 100,000 EU inhabitants in 2016; however, this varied from one death per 100,000 people to 208 deaths per 100,000.
With at least 60 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest rates were recorded in regions in Portugal, Poland and the United Kingdom, where the standardised death rate ranged from 62 in both Lancashire in the UK and Alentejo in Portugal to 208 in the Portuguese Região Autónoma da Madeira.
By contrast, the lowest standardised death rates from pneumonia were recorded in Finland. In the capital region of Helsinki-Uusimaa, one death per 100,000 inhabitants was recorded, with three deaths per 100,000 in Etelä-Suomi and Pohjois-ja Itä-Suomi and four deaths per 100,000 in Länsi-Suomi.
The data show less than 10 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants were reported in 11 regions in Greece, seven regions in Italy, three regions in Hungary and Austria and one German region.
The data were released to coincide with World Pneumonia Day on 12 November.