A thermometer showing 34 centigrade
Temperatures were often over 30 degrees. Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT

700 more deaths than usual after summer heatwave

2:03 min

The record temperatures this summer led to an estimated 700 more deaths, suggests new figures from the Public Health Agency.

Doctor Anders Tegnell, who is in charge of the division dealing with infectious diseases at the agency, says it is not possible to confirm what caused the 700 to die, but the excess mortality was mostly among the elderly population, who is at risk from heat - making chronic heart and lung disease worse.

Tegnell also talks to Radio Sweden about what should be done to prepare for future heat waves.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
Du hittar dina sparade ljud i menyn under Min lista