Number of hospital beds in Sweden 2008-2018, by sector

The number of hospital beds in Sweden decreased during the period from 2008 to 2017, and then stayed the same in 2018. During these years, the majority of the hospital beds were in public sector-owned hospitals. In 2017 and 2018, the public sector had two beds per thousand inhabitants, while the private sector had 0.2 beds per thousand inhabitants.  

Public and private hospital beds

       The number of hospital beds in the public sector generally decreased during the period from 2008 to 2018, and in 2018 there were two beds per thousand inhabitants. The number of private hospital beds increased for the second half of the period and reached 0.2 beds per thousand inhabitants from 2012 to 2018.    

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 2008 to 2018, by sector

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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