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Table 2 Annual number of births with excess exposure, average hair-Hg concentration, IQ benefit from prevention of excess exposure, and the value of the IQ benefits

From: Economic benefits of methylmercury exposure control in Europe: Monetary value of neurotoxicity prevention

Country Number of births above 0.58 μg/g Average concentration above 0.58 μg/g Benefit in IQ points Value of 1 IQ point (Euro) Total benefit (million Euro)
  Modelled Observed   Modelled Observed   Modelled Observed
Austria 3,812 5,213 0.917 597 817 16,044 9.6 13.1
Belgium 39,686 36,506 0.939 6,625 6,094 16,458 109.0 100.3
Bulgaria 3,186 3,263 1.455 1,296 1,328 7,529 9.8 10.0
Croatia 21,769 22,776 1.355 7,845 8,208 11,320 88.8 92.9
Cyprus 3,514 3,376 1.311 1,195 1,148 13,747 16.4 15.8
Czech Republic 5,143 5,980 0.847 639 742 10,797 6.9 8.0
Denmark 22,815 23,790 1.027 4,742 4,945 20,220 95.9 100.0
Estonia 1,840 1,600 0.846 228 198 10,339 2.4 2.0
Faroe Islands 406 423 1.323 140 146 20,220 2.8 2.9
Finland 6,843 5,950 0.846 846 736 17,288 14.6 12.7
France 405,528 364,892 0.989 70,186 69,397 17,363 1,218.6 1,204.9
Germany 33,443 45,728 0.917 5,241 7,166 15,292 80.1 109.6
Greece 94,403 92,274 1.563 50,131 49,000 13,201 661.8 646.9
Hungary 892 823 0.884 126 116 9,691 1.2 1.1
Ireland 7,104 7,992 0.946 1,209 1,360 17,927 21.7 24.4
Italy 378,315 (378,315) 1.045 81,801 (81,801) 17,062 1,395.7 (1,395.7)
Latvia 2,741 2,383 0.846 339 295 11,568 3.9 3.4
Lithuania 4,037 3,510 0.846 499 434 9,661 4.8 4.2
Luxembourg 1,870 1,831 1.212 550 538 17,062 9.4 9.2
Malta 2,690 (2,690) 1.045 582 (582) 11,111 6.5 6.5
Netherlands 45,227 42,827 0.909 6,919 6,552 15,857 109.7 103.9
Norway 16,759 16,759 0.866 2,237 2,229 20,051 44.8 44.7
Poland 6,218 7,047 0.751 494 560 9,979 4.9 5.6
Portugal 94,349 94,977 1.482 39,573 39,836 12,221 483.6 486.8
Romania 9,098 9,320 1.455 3,702 3,797 8,187 30.3 31.1
Slovakia 2,468 3,117 0.899 366 462 10,037 3.7 4.6
Slovenia 4,840 4,796 1.194 1,382 1,369 11,939 16.5 16.3
Spain 479,775 460,023 2.136 347,137 332,845 13,558 4,706.5 4,512.7
Sweden 12,570 10,930 0.846 1,555 1,352 17,167 26.7 23.2
Switzerland 6,520 3.835 0.902 976 574 18,346 17.9 10.5
United Kingdom 248,647 246,200 0.81 26,593 26,338 15,324 407.5 403.5
EU Total 1,926,652 1,865,365   654,551 639,804   9,458 9,256
  1. Data are for European countries with information on methylmercury exposure distributions. For countries without detailed observed data available, the modelled results are given in parenthesis. Sources of underlying data are as in Table 1.