One in Five 16+ Bulgarians Have Long-Standing Disability - Eurostat
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One in Five 16+ Bulgarians
Disability - Eurostat
Sofia, December 3 (BTA) - According to Eurostat data, 18.9 per cent of Bulgarians aged 16 or over reported long-standing disabilities in 2017, meaning that they felt some or severe limitations in performing everyday activities for a period of six months or longer. This transpires from figures published on Monday to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
A quarter of the EU population aged 16 or over reported long-standing disabilities last year, Eurostat said. The lowest proportions of self-perceived long-standing disabilities were reported in Malta (12 per cent) and Sweden (13.2 per cent), and the highest in Latvia (41.4 per cent), Slovenia (36.3 per cent) and Estonia (34.5 per cent).
According to data of the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses, over 52,000 persons, or around 9 persons per 1,000 aged 16 or over, were registered and confirmed as having reduced work capacity in 2017. This is one of the lowest indices since 2001, with the highest being reported in 2004 (over 133,000 persons, or 20 persons per 1,000) and in 2005 (some 115,000 cases, or 17.5 persons per 1,000). LI/DS