Pollution, health first fear of the Belgians


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Only 27% of respondents feared being victims of a criminal act, and only 22% of a terrorist act.

Seventy-six percent of Belgians believe that environmental pollution is the main threat to their health, a survey revealed Tuesday the European statistics office Eurostat.

When asked last fall about events likely to harm their health, the Belgians put pollution first concern (76% of respondents), before the fear of being injured in a road accident (64%) or the risk of suffering from a serious illness (60%).

Only 27% of respondents feared being victims of a criminal act, and only 22% of a terrorist act.

A wide UE25, concerns are ordered in a very similar way to Belgium.

Among the main threats to their health, Europeans placed upside pollution (61% of responses), followed by road accidents (51%), the probability of being a victim of a serious illness (49%). Crime and terrorism are not considered a threat by respectively 31 and 20% of respondents.

The study was conducted in September and October with 25.000 people, including a thousand in Belgium alone.


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