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Finland sees highest number of drownings since 2010

Changing weather conditions and alcohol use are key risk factors for accidental drownings in Finland.

Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

According to preliminary statistics from the Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation (FSL), 10 people drowned in Finland in October.

STT reports that five of the deaths recorded last month were related to water transport and one occurred during a diving event. The circumstances of the other four remain unclear.

The FSL has said that changing weather conditions and cold water temperatures are currently the primary risk factors for drowning. Finland reported 141 deaths related to drowning between January and October this year.

The country witnessed 40 more drownings in 2021 compared to the same period last year—the highest number since 2010. On an average, Finland sees 100–150 accidental drowning deaths every year. About half of these are related to alcohol use, according to the FSL.