Deaths that could be avoided with a level of access to domestic heating equal to that of Alava.

Despite the fact that the temperature has risen by 1.4°C in the last four decades, people still die of cold in Spain, especially the elderly.

According to a recent study led by researchers from the EARLY-ADAPT group and INSERM, the provinces where the cold poses the greatest risk to health are, paradoxically, the warmest.

According to the data from this research, if all mainland Spain provinces and the Balearic Islands had the same level of access to heating as Álava (where, according to data from the 2011 Census, 95.6% of the population has heating at home), these deaths would be reduced by 60% during the coldest months of the year (December-March), which in absolute terms would correspond to around 8,000 deaths per year on average.

This table created by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health shows the figures by province.