Life in Europe

The countries where coronavirus is putting hospitals most under pressure 

Wednesday 11 March 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

How prepared are European hospitals to manage a steep increase of intensive care hospitalizations, needed in severe cases of coronavirus syndrome? We have collected some data, but the picture is far from complete.


COVID-19: dealing with gaps in the data 

Tuesday 24 March 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

Since the data available on the coronavirus pandemic is patchy and incomplete, it needs to be approached with caution and an awareness of what it can – and cannot – tell us about the deadly virus.


Greece’s deadly rail tracks  Large investigation in depth

Monday 30 December 2019 | Ilias Stathatos
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Greece takes the bloody lead in terms of deaths and injuries in rail accidents in the EU, with about 25 victims per year. Problems are mainly caused by unsafe level crossings, poor infrastructure and traffic management systems, and understaffed companies.


The long road to accessibility 

Monday 09 March 2020 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

According to the European Commission, 1 out of 5 European citizens has a disability which prevents them from fully taking part in society.


Life expectancy after retirement: a very unbalanced Europe 

Friday 09 November 2018 | Roxana Torre
| VoxEurop

Looking at life expectancy in European countries combined with retirement age, we see stark differences: Austrian women and Maltese men enjoy the longest retirement, while in Bulgaria this period is almost 10 years shorter for both women and men.


It is difficult to reach school in Italy's least connected provinces  Large investigation

Monday 24 February 2020 | Openpolis

In certain areas of Italy the distance to the nearest railway station makes this form of transport impractical. Below, we take a look at how well or poorly – and how many – schools in these areas are connected to households' places of residence.


In Europe, speaking more than one language is still a privilege 

Monday 30 December 2019 | Jacopo Ottaviani
| Internazionale

Multilingualism is one of the founding principles of the European Union, but only one in five Europeans can speak two languages other than their own – even though the picture is improving. What really makes the difference is the effectiveness of language teaching and exposure to foreign languages.


Some Europeans don't eat enough fruit and vegetables 

Monday 14 October 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Up to 30 percent of certain types of cancer could be prevented by eating proper amount of vegetables and fruits, according to scientific studies. However, Hungary has a poor record in both areas, especially in terms of vegetable consumption, in which it lags behind the entire European Union.


The EU countries where you’re more likely to die a violent death 

Tuesday 07 May 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

In which EU countries are people more likely to die by their own hands or those of another? Analysing both homicide and suicide rates, it turns out that Lithuania and Latvia are Europe’s most dangerous countries.


Are speed cameras saving lives, and are old cars dangerous?  

Wednesday 10 April 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The number of fatal accidents in the European Union is steadily decreasing, with the exception of Malta. However, the data shows a high degree of variation: while in Romania, 98 victims die on roads for every million inhabitants, in Sweden, that rate is only 25.