Air pollution kills thousands in Switzerland
Air pollution in Switzerland has resulted in an estimated 5,000 premature deaths a year, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Air Quality in Europe 2016 analysed the air quality in Europe from 2000 to 2014 based on data from official monitoring stations across Europe and more than 400 cities.
It found that whilst air quality is slowly improving, air pollution is the largest environmental health hazard in Europe and has significant impacts on the health of Europeans, particularly in urban areas.
It shows that in 2014, around 85% of the urban population in the EU were exposed to levels of fine particulate matter deemed harmful to health by the Geneva-based World Health Organization.
These particles can cause or aggravate cardiovascular diseases, asthma and lung cancer.
Macedonia came out worst in the survey, with rates lowest in Scandinavian countries. In Switzerland the premature death rate of 13.9%put the alpine country in the middle of the table.