A general clear-out

The number of cases of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands fell, by 8.4%, in 2018 – the first such decline since 2006, according to the government.

There were 5,898 cases of euthanasia, 212 cases of assisted suicide, and in 16 cases a combination of the two. Three euthanasia cases were of children aged between 12 and 17. Euthanasia accounts for 4% of all Dutch deaths.