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Thousands of tourists feared dead
A Thai volunteer displays a photo of a foreign tourist found on Patong beach
Thousands of foreign tourists are still unaccounted for
Ten days after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Western governments are still struggling to produce precise figures for their missing citizens.

The death toll among foreigners currently stands at 396, with about 10,000 people missing or feared dead.

Germans account for the highest number of victims among tourists so far, with 60 confirmed deaths.

The Thai authorities say half of the more than 5,200 people known to have died in the country were foreigners.

The tsunami is believed to have killed tourists from at least 45 countries.

Germany says more than 1,000 of its nationals are still missing. About 7,000 Germans have returned home from affected areas.

In Sweden, where the first six bodies arrived by plane on Wednesday morning, the official figure for tsunami victims currently stands at 52, but 1,900 more are unaccounted for.

Prime Minister Goeran Persson has warned that Sweden's death toll could exceed 1,000.

"We have been spared major losses of life abroad," Prime Minister Goeran Persson said before the plane landed. "Now, we are forced to get accustomed to it."

In Britain 41 people have been confirmed dead, but the Foreign Office acknowledged that some 199 UK citizens were "highly likely" to have perished.

In Switzerland, one of the few countries whose figures have been revised upwards, 23 victims have been identified and about 100 are presumed dead.

"We haven't heard any news from a further 400 people," said Peter Sutter, who heads the Swiss government's crisis response team.

In Japan, 23 are reported dead and more than 240 missing.

France has so far identified 22 bodies, while some 100 are reported missing and up to 600 are still unaccounted for.

Photos of a missing Swedish boy at a hospital in Phuket
Sweden's nine-million population is in shock over its casualties
Italy has confirmed the death of 20 of its citizens, while the number of missing people has been revised down and stands at 436.

In Norway, where authorities had initially overestimated the numbers of casualties, 16 are confirmed dead, while the figure for the missing has been revised down to 81.

In Australia, 15 are believed to have died, although the Canberra government said DNA testing was necessary to confirm the figure.

Some 72 people known to have been in affected areas when the tsunami hit are feared dead, and about 560 others travelling to the region have not been heard from.

Part of the confusion and discrepancies in the estimates is due to different criteria used to list people.

Some countries have chosen to include only those specifically reported to have been disappeared in the waves, while others list all those who have failed to make contact.


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