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Table 3 Annual number of births with excess exposure, the average log hair-Hg concentration, and IQ benefit and value from prevention of excess exposure (logarithmic dose-effect relationship)

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

Country Number of births above 0.58 μg/g Average log concentration above 0.58 μg/g Benefit in IQ points Value of 1 IQ point (Euro) Total benefit (million Euro)
Austria 3,812 −0.157 3,199 16,044 51.3
Belgium 39,686 −0.128 35,790 16,458 589.0
Bulgaria 3,186 0.128 4,638 7,529 34.9
Croatia 21,769 0.142 32,350 11,320 366.2
Cyprus 3,514 0.109 4,972 13,747 68.3
Czech Republic 5,143 −0.216 3,658 10,797 39.5
Denmark 22,815 −0.060 23,932 20,220 483.9
Estonia 1,840 −0.214 1,317 10,339 13.6
Faroe Islands 406 0.139 600 20,220 12.1
Finland 6,843 −0.214 4,897 17,288 84.7
France 405,528 −0.053 368,742 17,363 6,402.5
Germany 33,443 −0.157 28,060 15,292 429.1
Greece 94,403 0.355 183,808 13,201 2,426.4
Hungary 892 −0.186 692 9,691 6.7
Ireland 7,104 −0.132 6,345 17,927 113.7
Italy 378,315 −0.036 416,490 17,062 7.106.2
Latvia 2,741 −0.214 1,962 11,568 22.7
Lithuania 4,037 −0.214 2,889 9,661 27.9
Luxembourg 1,870 0.053 2,419 17,062 41.3
Malta 2,690 −0.036 2,961 11,111 32.9
Netherlands 45,227 −0.155 38,144 15,857 604.8
Norway 16,759 −0.198 12,574 20,051 252.1
Poland 6,218 −0.312 3,131 9,979 31.2
Portugal 94,349 0.277 167,777 12,221 2,050.4
Romania 9,098 0.128 13,245 8,187 108.4
Slovakia 2,468 −0.173 1,986 10,037 19.9
Slovenia 4,840 0.034 6,061 11,939 72.4
Spain 479,775 0.561 1,148,026 13,558 15,564.9
Sweden 12,570 −0.214 8,996 17,167 154.4
Switzerland 6,520 −0.167 5,329 18,346 97.8
United Kingdom 248,647 −0.244 161,816 15,324 2,479.7
EU Total 1,884,563   2,645,953   39,061
  1. Data from European countries, sources of underlying data are as in Table 1.