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Our Health

Thanks to cutting-edge developments in science, we’re living longer and staying healthier than ever before. But we still need to shield ourselves against many health hazards, such as unsafe products, life-threatening diseases and dangerous chemicals.

The European Union takes its responsibility to look after its citizens seriously. Every day, heroes from different EU countries work together to help us stay healthy and free from danger. These are their stories.

Did you know?

81 YEARS

the average life expectancy at birth of EU citizens in 2016.

86%

of deaths caused by natural hazards in the EU are as a result of extreme temperatures during heatwaves.

TWO OUT OF THREE PEOPLE

(67.2%) in the EU perceive their health as either very good or good.

THE STORIES DON'T STOP HERE

There are heroes in your area that work – day in, day out – to protect your health and that of your family and loved ones. Read their stories to discover how they’re helping.