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Number of hospital beds in Sweden 2000-2018

 The number of hospital beds in Sweden decreased during the period from 2000 to 2018. During these years, the majority of the hospital beds were in public sector-owned hospitals. In 2018, the public sector had two beds per thousand inhabitants, while the private sector had 0.2 beds per thousand inhabitants.  

Health care expenditure

  The total expenditure on health care in Sweden, as share of the gross domestic product (GDP) was overall higher during the period since 2010. The share was quite stable during this period, with some fluctuations, and reached 11 percent in 2018, which was relatively high compared to in other OECD member countries.  

Hospital beds in Denmark showed similar trend

        Sweden’s neighboring country Denmark basically followed the same pattern in the number of hospital beds. The hospital beds in Denmark generally decreased during the period, from almost 23 thousand beds in 2000 to around an estimated 12 thousand in 2017.

Number of hospital beds in Sweden from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Break in series.

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