Poland registers biggest number of yearly deaths since end of World War II

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Poland has registered more deaths in the past twelve months than in any other year since the end of the Second World War.

During 2020, there were 475,253 deaths in Poland, according to figures from the country’s digitisation ministry compiled and presented by BIQdata, a service run by the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

That represents a far higher figure than in any year since 1946, while it is also significantly above the average of just under 400,000 annual deaths recorded in recent times.

Even if one takes into account the fact that Poland has a larger overall population today than in the past, the figure of 12.4 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants in 2020 is still the highest since the war.

The only other year that comes close is 1951, when there were 12.2 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants. That year saw a large number of fatalities from diphtheria and whooping cough, as well as Poland’s first Polio epidemic.