The statistics, published in a French-speaking newspaper in Belgium, show that in 2013 cases of euthanasia increased by close to 27 per cent compared to the previous year.
The newspaper, ‘Sudpresse’, said: “You could say that currently there are 150 cases of euthanasia per month in Belgium or, even more telling, five people euthanised a day”.
Of the 1,816 cases last year, over half of the people euthanised were aged between 70 and 90.
Those who were under 60 amounted to 15 per cent of the total, and cases of 90-yr-olds and over being euthanised made up seven per cent.
In March this year, the king of Belgium signed into law a Bill which made the nation the first country in the world to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of all ages.