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Fewer children are dying in Sweden as the Swedes generally feel physically happier than previously thought

Thursday, 10 October 2013 
Better healthcare and rear-facing car seats are some of the reasons why there has been a strong reduction in child deaths in Sweden. This has fallen by 20 percent in 15 years, and it is being seen as a positive development. This comes after a survey also show that Swedes are feeling more physically better than previously thought.

On the whole, in several areas, the Swedish health care system in general has become more favourable for children. Survival rate for children with cancer cases, for example has increased, and the new ways of protecting children in cars and seating systems has led to fewer cases of infant death. swedes feeling happier

In addition, the safer cars on the roads and rear-facing car seats has led to the amount of children dying in traffic accidents to decline by 74 percent in fifteen years, reports Swedish daily, Dagens Neater.

Last year, 438 children under the age of fourteen years died in Sweden, compared with 556 children a year ago, a reduction of some 21 percent. The most common causes of death among children in Sweden are accidents, cancer and congenital diseases.

“The development is a success for the Swedish health care system. We have become much better at saving lives,” says Olle Söder, Professor of Paediatrics and Chairman of the Swedish children Medical Association, to the newspaper.

On the other side, Swedish people feel that they feel better, health wise, than previously thought, a new national measure of mental health show.

 "Sweden is among the European countries where residents generally feel good. If you look at the mental health over time, we have seen a positive development, "said Carl von Essen, secretary general of the organization, Mind which is behind the study.

In the study, which reflects Sweden's poor past position in suicide statistics that for many years has shown little invested in measures to combat mental health, a new measure of mental health at the national level called Mind-index, sees Sweden placed higher in the statistics. This means that Sweden has turned the corner.

The difference between Mind-index and other previous measure of mental health has also been weighed to show positive aspects of life satisfaction. The traditional measure often used only negative aspects such as suicide statistics and the prevalence of mental illnesses.

According to von Essen, the index consists of two indicators. First, suicide rate, i.e. the number of suicides per 100,000 of population, and the number of self-reported happiness… as they refer to it.

In the survey, the metal health of the inhabitants of 17 European countries between 1995 and 2011 were analysed in collaboration with scientists from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and the Nordic School of Public Health.

Sweden came in fourth place. According to the index, the Dutch inhabitants showed the best in mental health in Europe.

The countries most affected by the euro crisis saw their index dropped in recent years, according to the survey. In Spain, Greece and Cyprus, mental health have become pretty poor. People who live in Latvia and Lithuania are doing worst according to the index, reports Dagens Neater.
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