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Nearly 85% of Europeans were exposed to hazardous air pollution above recommended WHO levels in 2014

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New data from the World Health Organization shows that nearly 85 percent of all Europeans were exposed to hazardous air pollution above recommended levels in 2014. The highest rate of air contamination and air pollution-related deaths can be found in Eastern European and Balkan countries, according to the new statistics. 

Least air pollution averages and air pollution-related deaths can be found in all of Scandinavia, Finland, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. In 2012, Sweden registered less than one death per 100,000 people due to air pollution and the country had Europe’s lowest average of 5.9 micrograms of pollutants per cubic metre.

Learn more here: Which European countries are the most polluted?

How well does your country and/or city fare when it comes to air pollution?

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Check out this map that shows how divided Europe is by the air we breath in the East and the West. This is especially visible in the winter when the combination of old cars, low energy efficiency, solid fuel heating, bad regulation and enforcement, and limited social policies in many eastern parts makes pollution levels very high, especially in calm weather.

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