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According to the magazine Kvartal, preliminary figures from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program indicate that nearly 100,000 fewer people died in wars and armed conflicts during 2023 compared to 2022. The number of deaths in 2023 is likely to be just under 140,000, compared to about 240,000 in 2022.
"Last year, 2022, nearly 240,000 people were killed. It was quite extreme. The numbers were driven up by both the war in Ukraine and the extremely bloody war in Ethiopia. Most indications are that this year's figure will be significantly lower, with just over 130,000 deaths," says Therese Pettersson, a senior analyst and project manager at UCDP, to Kvartal.
In the 2010s, the number of deaths in most years has been just above or below one hundred thousand. This is an increase compared to the record low levels during the first decade of the century.