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Drowning Accidents

Since 2009, the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, has conducted drowning statistics describing the incidence and nature of drowning deaths in Denmark. The reports have been published annually, with the exception of 2021 due to limitations on access to 2019 data in connection with COVID-19. This report is therefore an update of drowning deaths for both 2019 and 2020. The vast majority of drowning deaths in Denmark are due to accidents that can be prevented. The annual drowning statistics are thus an important tool in the work of preventing unintentional fatal drownings in Denmark, as they provide insight into where drowning prevention efforts are necessary.

Last Updated 19.12.2023