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Old 09-03-2016, 20:38   #2
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I can only speculate, but what has happened is that the government had a nationwide campaign under citizens of over 18 years old to register donors. This made it easy to register, as you only had to check one of four options and mail the form. Since 1999, everyone receives such a form at their 18th birthday. According to wikipedia, in '97 54% responded. Looking at the numbers, the people registered is increasing, as is the percentage of registered people who are donor.

The actual number of donors is higher than those registered, as next of kin can still decide to donate your organs after you die. Unless you're registered as a non-donor, that is.

I can't say why Sweden's numbers are off, but if I'd have to put my money on it I'd say the Swedes had a campaign that made it easy to opt-out. In NL, 34% opted out. So if half of the people responded, and 34% of them opted out, you'd end up with something close to the 86% donors you see in Sweden.
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