Traffic noise "kills up to 500 Danes per year"

Experts warn of very significant health impacts, night-time noise pollution particularly to blame

An estimated 200 to 500 Danes die prematurely every year because of stress-related blood pressure and heart problems caused by traffic noise, according to a study by the national institute of occupational health (AMI) presented to a conference in Copenhagen on Friday.

Those who die are the worst of up to 2,200 cases requiring treatment, the report continues. These in turn represent a small percentage of the 700,000 Danish households exposed to traffic noise levels exceeding 55 decibels (dB), of which over a fifth suffer levels of 65 dB or more.

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