DAY04

Harrogate, England

Brussels, Belgium

08:32

TRAVEL TIME

447 mi

DISTANCE

52 L

FUEL AMOUNT

Thursday 1 October 2020

England, France & Belgium

Day four on the Road to 2021 ultimately saw the start of the team’s journey in mainland Europe after covering the UK and Ireland. Setting off after an overnight rest in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, Yorkshire, the team headed south through England to the famous university city of Cambridge, then down to the southeast corner of the UK in Kent.

 

The team did interviews with Vectura Group at Cambridge Science Park and Centaur Biopharmaceutical Services on the banks of the River Thames in Dartford. It was dusk by this time, so an evening crossing to France on the Eurotunnel followed, and they closed out the day with a drive into Belgium to finish in Brussels – the nation's capital and also de facto capital of the European Union. What better place to kick off our journey around the continent?

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England

England

POPULATION

56M

84.02% of UK population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

81.1YRS

<1

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Universal

Health expenditure per capita

2900

about €50 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 17%

Obesity 21%

Alcohol 22%

Alcohol

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

56.2%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Sir James Paget

Sir James Paget  (1814-1899)

Gave impetus to the field of clinical pathology, and appointed surgeon-extraordinary to Queen Victoria.

France

France

POPULATION

66M

8.83% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

82.7YRS

2

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Near Universal

Health expenditure per capita

3626

about €776 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 25%

Obesity 14%

Smoking

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Stroke

85.2%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

French biologist, microbiologist, and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.

Belgium

Belgium

POPULATION

11M

1.47% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

81.6YRS

4

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Near universal

Health expenditure per capita

3554

about €704 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 15%

Obesity 16%

Alcohol 27%

Alcohol

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

58.8%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Georges Lemaitre

Georges Lemaitre  (1894-1966)

Proposed what later became known as the “Big Bang Theory” of the origin of the universe.