Fluoride Action Network

Water Fluoridation Status in Western Europe

Fluoride Action Network | August 2012

As the following table shows, only 3% of the population in western Europe is currently consuming fluoridated water. Europe’s reasons for not fluoridating its water are explained here. Despite not fluoridating its water, tooth decay rates in these western European countries are no higher than in the few western countries (e.g., the United States) that fluoridate their water.

To see the water fluoridation status of OECD nations, click here. To see a complete list of the 27 countries in the world that have at least one water fluoridation program, click here.

Water Fluoridation Status of Western Europe
(BFS 2012)
Country Population Size* No. of People w/ Fluoridated Water** % w/ Fluoridated Water**
Austria 8,452,835 0 0%
Belgium 10,951,266 0 0%
Denmark 5,584,758 0 0%
Finland 5,413,830 0 0%
France 65,350,000 0 0%
Germany 81,859,000 0 0%
Greece 10,787,690 0 0%
Iceland 320,060 0 0%
Irish Republic 4,588,252 3,250,000 73%
Italy 60,820,787 0 0%
Luxembourg 511,800 0 0%
Netherlands 16,738,836 0 0%
Norway 5,027,800 0 0%
Portugal 10,561,614 0 0%
Spain 46,163,116 4,250,000 11%
Sweden 9,495,113 0 0%
Switzerland 7,952,600 0 0%
United Kingdom 62,262,000 5,797,000 11%
TOTAL 412,841,357 13,297,000 3%
*   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population
** British Fluoridation Society (2012). One in a Million: The facts about water fluoridation. Available online at: http://www.bfsweb.org/onemillion/onemillion2012.htmlNOTE: The data for “Population Size” is mostly from 2012, whereas the “Number of People with Fluoridated Water” and “Percent with Fluoridated Water” data is based on estimates that the British Fluoridation Society (BFS) appears to have derived between 2010 and 2011. This time difference may explain why some of the BFS’s estimates for “Percent with Fluoridated Water” are incorrect when calculating the population data in this table.