Finland: 1,600 early deaths every year due to air pollution
Air pollution is estimated to cause some 1,600 premature deaths in Finland every year, says a new report from the Environment Ministry. Deaths caused by air pollution shorten the lifetime of the individuals by an average of 16 years. Taken across the entire population, this means that the life expectancy of Finns is shortened by an average of over five months due to air pollution.
Most of the health damage is caused by tiny particles (PM) or by nitrogen oxides. About half of the PM concentrations in Finland emanates from emissions from outside the country, while the other half comes from domestic emission sources, primarily from small-scale wood burning (46%), other energy production (16%), traffic exhaust gases (12%), street dust (10%), peat production (9%), and industry (7%).
Source: Environment ministry press release, 13 April 2016