Sweden’s liberal attitude towards Covid-19 apparently has has been confirmed, according to some British commentators. However, its mortality rate is unfavorable compared to the Nordic neighbors.
To date, 16,500 people have died from Covid-19 in Sweden, 1,624 people per one million of the population. Denmark, the second most affected country in the Nordic region, has a mortality rate that is less than half of Sweden’s 700 deaths per million.
Sweden scrapped most of its remaining Covid restrictions last week, despite concerns from researchers, who have warned that hospitals are still under pressure. During the pandemic, the country has chosen an easier approach to restrictions than its neighbors, which has received both praise and criticism.
– Swedish statistics do not differ from other European countries, says Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist. BMJ in December. “After two years of pandemic, Sweden does not stand out. We are not the best, but we are definitely not the worst. ”
Sweden really has a lower mortality rate than many countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom. Among the neighbors, however, it stands out despite the fact that it has had fewer cases per million than Denmark and a similar frequency as Iceland. One Economist analysis of excess mortality figures – deaths above what would normally be expected during a certain period of time – puts Sweden’s mortality rate at 1,256 per million since the beginning of the pandemic, the highest in the region. Finland, the next country on the list, has registered 815 deaths per million.
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