A fraction of regions account for a majority of deaths

Some regions report up to three times as many deaths as usual since March, but a large part of Europe has been able to live through the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic without any significant excess death.  We have gathered subnational data from 500 European regions to better understand the spread of the virus.

Data from 20 European countries shows that over 200,000 more people than usual have died since March.

These deaths are very unevenly distributed geographically. To better understand the spread of the virus we have gathered data on excess deaths from 500 subnational regions.

Read a summary of the results in this blog post.

Excess deaths across Europe

About this report

This investigation was made possible through a collaboration with the European Data Journalism Network. You are free to republish all stories and visualisations under Creative Commons, in line with the syndication guidelines.

That data behind this report is published on Gitlab.

You can also use the Local Focus platform to create your own interactive visualisations based on the data.