A noticeable feature of the map of kidney disease related deaths is that the Baltic countries, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc have lower rates:

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Why is this?

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    $\begingroup$ The poor separation between the color scale makes it really hard to tell what the rates are, except for the high countries. I'm not convinced that the Baltic countries have lower rates. Are there actual numeric data anywhere? $\endgroup$ – kmm Feb 17 '18 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ would be really useful to have a link to the source. $\endgroup$ – Ben Bolker Feb 17 '18 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ To me, the best correlate of cancer rate here looks like population. I wonder if this is a similar effect to Gelman's US kidney cancer example. $\endgroup$ – kmm Feb 17 '18 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ Affluent countries have higher rates of diabetes which is the major cause of renal disease. $\endgroup$ – Graham Chiu Feb 17 '18 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Baltic countries include only Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. And if you meant baltic region, then what countries are included is a little bit up to everyone's defintion but you would definitely include Russia (which rate of Kidney disease is quite high). So what countries did you mean exactly? $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Feb 17 '18 at 20:35

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