Greece, Portugal, Ireland record highest excess mortality rates


Greece, Portugal and Ireland recorded the highest excess mortality rates in the EU for May 2022 according to Eurostat, whilst the excess mortality rate across the EU decreased to 6.6% in May 2022 from 10.7% in April, which was the highest value registered so far in 2022.

 The previous peak was recorded in November 2021 (+26%), during the fourth wave of excess mortality.

The highest rates in May 2022, more than double the EU average, were recorded in Portugal (+19%), Greece (+17%) and Ireland (+13%). Meanwhile, five Member States registered values lower than the national monthly average for 2016-2019: Bulgaria and Lithuania (both -2%), Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia (all -1%).

The EU registered earlier peaks in excess deaths in April 2020 (+25%), November 2020 (+40%), April 2021 (+21%) and November 2021 (+26%).

This information comes from data on excess mortality published by Eurostat July 15, based on a weekly deaths data collection. The article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained articles on excess mortality and weekly deaths.